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Incidents and Statments involving SIMI: 2000-2012


  • December 31: An investigation by the NIA has revealed that Pakistan is relying on narcotics smugglers to push FICNs into India. In the charge sheet filed against three alleged narcotics smugglers, Dilbagh Singh, Bikramjit Singh and Gurpratap Singh, the NIA has stated that Pakistani intelligence agency ISI is using smugglers in Punjab.

    Investigators have found evidence that links IM 'India chief' Yasin Bhatkal with the Delhi High Court unsuccessful bomb blast attack of May 25, 2011. The case is being investigated by the NIA.

  • December 20: Four IM militants, already in Delhi Police custody arrested by Maharashtra ATS in connection with Pune serial blasts (August 1, 2012) and remanded in Police custody till January 1.

  • December 19: With regard to the cases of serial blasts in the courts of Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi (all in Uttar Pradesh) of November 23, 2007, the ATS is saying the blasts were jointly carried out by HuJI and IM.

  • December 16: The Interrogation Report of IM militant Fasih Mehmood, revealed a detailed account of IM's foundation, his first interaction with IM masterminds Yasin Bhatkal, Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal.

  • December 15: The judicial custody of five India IM militants accused in Pune (Maharashtra) blast case of August 1, 2012 and that of Fasih Mehmood was extended by a Delhi court till December 17, 2012.

  • December 11: The Kurla Police Station in Mumbai (Maharashtra) that is probing a threat letter allegedly sent by IM to a shop owner, Paras Gupta, owner of Deepak Farsan, found the threat letter's origin in Bangalore.

    The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, R.P.N. Singh said LeT, IM, BKI and KTF are interested in carrying out terrorist attacks in India but there are no inputs about the Taliban.

  • December 10: A special MCOCA court rejected the bail application of SIMI cadre, Ehtesham Siddiqui facing trial among others in the July 11, 2006 train bomb blasts in Mumbai (Maharashtra).

  • December 4: NIA has announced a reward of INR 4, 00,000 on information leading to the arrest of absconding IM terrorist Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Touqeer.

  • December 1: The Delhi Police has charge-sheeted a suspected IM operative, Kamal Hassan alias Bilal for his alleged role in the Jama Masjid (Delhi) blast-cum-shootout case of September 19, 2010. He is also an accused in Bangalore's (Karnataka) Chinnaswamy Stadium blast case of April 17, 2010.

  • November 27: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs R. P. N Singh said various terrorist groups, including LeT, IM and JeM are engaged in terrorist activities in the country, often supported by their parent outfits based abroad, particularly in Pakistan. Singh said other terrorist outfits which are active in India include HuM, Al-Umma, Al Badr, HuJI, HM, BKI, KZF and KTF.

  • November 22: Mumbai (Maharashtra) CB has arrested a software engineer, identified as Tajool Kazi, from Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) for his alleged role in BEST bus at Ghatkopar attack (Mumbai, Maharashtra) on December 6, 2002, which killed four people. Kazi is an active cadre of SIMI.

  • November 8: LeT operative Syed Zabiuddin Ansari aka Abu Jundal sent money to India from Saudi Arabia at least twice after the Mumbai attack.

    The Maharashtra ATS filed a supplementary charge sheet against Jundal in the May 9, 2009 Aurangabad (Maharashtra) arms haul case before MCOCA Court.

    Jundal also told Gujarat Police that LeT used Gujarat riots (2002) as an emotional trigger to introduce Gujarat youths to terrorism. A strong terror network has been built in the state.

  • November 6: IM operative Fasih Mahmood has reportedly admitted to the Police that he co-founded IM along with fugitive terrorists Riyaz, Iqbal and Yasin Bhatkal, with the help of some ansars and ikhwans of the SIMI after it was banned by the Central Government in 2001.

    UMHA Sushil Kumar Shinde showed concern over the efficacy of red corner notices on terrorist vis-à-vis Pakistan providing shelter to the perpetrators of March 12, 1993 Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial bomb blasts and November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terror attacks, like Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed.

  • November 5: Investigations into the plan to attack Delhi during Deepawali by four IM terrorists, arrested on October 11, 2012, by Delhi Police, have revealed that its 'moderator', identified as Raju Bhai, may be in Delhi-National Capital Region.

    Police learnt that "several cadres of LeT and IM are hiding in Mumbai (Maharasthra), Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. LeT and IM are coordinating with associates of Fayaz Kagzi in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

  • November 4: The Indian authorities have approached the Saudi Government with a fresh request for four more IM cadres, suspected to be hiding there.

    In a list submitted to the UAE, the Government has urged to deport Ubed Kola, an accused in Mumbai''s 13/7 triple bomb blast case. Kola is suspected to have played a vital role in transferring hawala money from Dubai to India.

    Special Cell of Delhi Police has also learnt that Saudi Arabia-based IM 'commander' Fayyaz Kagzi had been staying there using the name of ''Abdul Rehman''.

  • November 3: The Maharashtra ATS filed a supplementary charge sheet in the special court against suspected LeT operative Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.

  • November 2: The questioning of suspected IM operative Fasih Mahmood has revealed details of the logistical support he provided for the terror strike at the Chinnaswamy Stadium (April 17, 2010) at Bangalore (Karnataka).

  • November 1: The custody of IM operative Fasih Mehmood, deported from Saudi Arabia and arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell on October 22, 2012 was handed over to the Bangalore (Karnataka) City Police.

  • October 31: A Delhi trial court sent a suspected IM terrorist,Sayed Firoz alias Hamza, allegedly involved in the, August 1, 2012, Pune serial blasts to 14 days of judicial custody.

    A classified report recently circulated in top government circles revealed that India's most wanted terrorist and IM head, Yasin Bhatkal, is hiding in Bangladesh, having established a good network in Dhaka and Chittagong with the help of Pakistan's ISI.

  • October 29: Tight security measures have been put in place at the Mahabodhi temple in Gaya District of Bihar, to ward off any possible terrorist attack by the IM.

  • October 26: Maqbool has revealed that the Pune serial blast carried out by IM is linked to the recent arrest of 16 terrorists in Karnataka who plotted to kill some politicians, Hindu leaders and journalists.

    Mumbai ATS chief Rakesh Maria said that Maqbool has no connection with the Pune serial blasts of August 1, 2012.

  • October 25: Fasih Mahmood, the IM 'treasurer' recently deported from Saudi Arabia, revealed the identities of two more ideologues associated with IM.

    The ATS of Mumbai Police moved a court seeking the custody of four suspected IM terrorists, Asad Khan, Imran Khan, Feroze Hamza and Irfan Mustafa Langda, allegedly involved in the Pune serial blasts of August 1, 2012.

  • October 24: According Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, Abu Ismail had worked as a compounder at a Civil Hospital in Karachi, in Pakistan, before joining the terror outfit camp.

    Fasih Mahmood disclosed that Pakistan's ISI has stationed officials in Saudi Arabia with whom he had been working in close co-ordination. The primary task of ISI operatives in Saudi Arabia is to ensure greater cooperation between IM and LeT and promote anti-India terror activities from Saudi soil.

  • October 23: Delhi Police arrested another suspected IM terrorist, identified as Sayed Maqbool alias Zuber, from Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) for his alleged involvement in the August 1, 2012 Pune serial blasts. The total number of arrests in the Pune blasts has gone up to five.

  • October 22: Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal is being probed by Gujarat ATS that whether did he set up sleeper cells for terrorists in Gujarat. ATS officials produced Jundal before a local court which granted him remand till November 3.

    Top IM leader Fasih Mohammad, a key fund-raiser for the outfit, was arrested by the Delhi Police from Delhi's IGI Airport soon after his deportation from Saudi Arabia.

  • October 21: Delhi Police prepared a list of 460 important places that may be attacked by IM terrorists during Diwali. LeT have threatened to blow up important places around Diwali.

    Abu Jundal was brought to Ahmadabad by a team of State ATS.

    Jundal revealed how Pakistan’s ISI officer Major Sameer Ali had a long conversation with Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, chief operational commander of LeT, a few hours before the attack.

  • October 19: Abu Jundal has said that he had seen US national David Headley while undergoing training in Muridke city of Lahore District in Punjab Province of Pakistan.

    A youth from Aurangabad District of Maharashtra, who deposed before the Court said that he used to live in Beed District earlier and had seen Baig working with terror suspect Abu Jundal in 2006.

    According to Special officials from Delhi police- on August 1, 2012 three IM terrorists travelled by a PMPML bus from Kasarwadi (Maharashtra) to Jangli Maharaj Road (Maharashtra) to orchestrate the serial blasts.

  • October 18: Fayyaz Kagzi, LeT operative, helped Abu Jundal in fleeing the country when he was under the radar of the ATS after the Aurangabad arms haul case of May, 2006.

    IM militants, who executed Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts of August 1, 2012, used phones and free software to evade security agencies as they communicated with Riyaz Bhatkal, the IM ‘chief’ of India.

  • October 17: IM terrorist Irfan, allegedly involved in the Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts (August 1, 2012), had also welcomed Pakistan nationals Shaqir and Ahmed, who had come to India as specialist bomb-makers. They were the same men who had carried out the July 13, 2011, (13/7) serial blasts at Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai (Maharashtra) under the assumed identities of Waqas and Tabrez.

    Police have also learnt from the arrested men that several LeT and IM operatives are hiding in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. LeT and IM are in constant touch with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia-based associates of Fayyaz Kagzi.

    The Police custody of three suspected IM operatives Asad Khan, Imran Khan and Syed Feroze alleged for their alleged involvement in the Pune serial blast has been extended till October 27, 2012.

  • October 16: Special cell of the Delhi Police searched the two-room tenement in Kasarwadi (Pune District) where IM militants stayed before the Pune (Maharashtra) blats of August 1, 2012 and found traces of ammonium nitrate, wires and batteries at the tenement.

    Revelations made by Abu Jundal disclosed that LeT has permeated Bangladesh administration. 

    Jundal has revealed that at least 12 IM and LeT modules have been trained to target major Indian cities. 

    According to the supplementary charge sheet filed against Abu Jundal, he imparted training to the gunmen in spreading wrong information about the real purpose of the attack.

    Intelligence agencies have established that the bombs used in both Zaveri Bazaar blasts in Mumbai (July 13, 2011) 13/7 and Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts (August 1, 2012) were made by two Pakistani LeT militants.

    Asad Khan, Imran Khan and Feroz, who were recently arrested by Delhi Police for Pune serial blasts and for plotting a similar attack in the national capital.

  • October 14: Terror outfit IM has set up base in West Asia, with Saudi Arabia emerging as preferred destination to launch its operations in India. Pakistan's ISI is arranging safe havens for the terror operatives in West Asian countries.

    The Saudi link and the activities on social media are phenomena that have surfaced following the recent arrest of IM terrorists in Delhi linked with Pune (Maharashtra) blast of August 1, 2012.

    The Special Cell team investigating the August 1, 2012 Pune (Maharashtra) serial blast case claims to have gathered evidence to indicate that the attacks were also meant to avenge the murder of alleged IM militant Qateel Siddique in Yerawada Jail.

    Delhi Police have identified a house where the conspiracy for Pune blast hatched. Sayyed Feroze led a team of the Delhi Police Special Cell to a house which he and five others had rented as a meeting ground a month prior to the bid.

    Despite the arrest of three suspected IM terrorists who were planning major strikes in Delhi during the Diwali season, sources in Delhi Police say that the threat is not over.

  • October 12: Investigators have learned that the three IM terrorists, arrested for the August 1, 2012 Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts, had conducted a recce at five crowded places in Mumbai on July 24. The targets included Borivli railway station, Juhu beach, Vashi, Bandra and Andheri. They also planned to attack the Maharashtra ATS headquarters at Nagpada.

    The Mumbai plan was dropped, though, on the instructions of Riyaz Bhatkal from Pakistan.

    Three had met Yusuf Himayat Baig through Kashif Biyabani, brother of Akhef Biyabani who was arrested for the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.

    The two terrorists in this IM module-Shaqir and Ahmed who are currently absconding-were involved in previous blasts as well.

    According to Police, Raju Bhai, an important link in the Pune blasts case, got the Pul Prahladpur flat in Delhi on rent for the three IM militants using a fake name.

    A team of Pune ATS officers have reached Delhi and are coordinating with the Delhi Police's Special Cell. Karnataka Police officers will reach here on October 13.

    IM was planning to carry out a fidayeen attack at the Bodhgaya (Bihar) temple to avenge the recent killing of Muslims allegedly by Buddhists in Myanmar.

    LeT leader Fayyaz Kagzi, said to be the mentor of three IM terrorist arrested in New Delhi, did not engage Asad, Imran and Sayed but they volunteered to carry out jehad.

    Aurangabad ATS continued to question people in touch with IM operatives Imran and Asad Khan in Aurangabad and Nanded (Both in Maharashtra) to gather more information about the duo and their dealings.

    IM is worth INR 500 million and its major donors are the rich Sheikhs of Saudi and Gulf countries. Pakistan's ISI has entrusted LeT to arrange funds for IM during holy month of Ramadan when rich donate for zakaat.

  • October 11: Syed Afaque Iqbal has now been booked by the SIT for reviving banned SIMI in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh). Two days after taking the custody of Iqbal, Hyderabad Police has claimed to have gathered sufficient leads to charge him of revving banned SIMI in the city.

    Delhi Police busted a gang of IM terrorists- Asad Khan, Imran Khan and Sayed Feroz alias Hamza, all belonging to Maharashtra, which carried out the serial blasts in Pune on August 1, 2012 and had planned to attack Delhi and Bodh Gaya (Bihar) during the coming festival season.

    The terrorists were carrying 5kg of explosives and 10 detonators as part of the plot to explode at least 10 bombs in Delhi and the pilgrim city of Bodh Gaya.

    One of the arrested persons, Asad, is allegedly linked also to the Aurangabad arms haul case in which Jundal is also an accused.

    Delhi Police stumbled upon the IM module by tracing their phone calls and email conversations with their contacts, suspected to be the Bhatkal brothers and Kagzi in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

    Aurangabad ATS, led by Navinchandra Reddy searched residence of Asad Khan in Naigaon (Pune District), and seized documents. Asad's younger brother, Hussain Khan, has been picked up for questioning.

    It was through Kagzi that Asad was introduced to Riyaz and Iqbal. He then remained in touch them through email and phone.

    The arrested had made three attempts to plant a bomb on the premises of the Yerawada central jail and a local court in Pune.

  • October 10: IM terrorist, identified as Langde Irfan, allegedly involved in the Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts (August 1, 2012) was arrested in Jaipur by the Delhi Police. With this, the total number of arrests in the case has gone up to four.

  • October 9: IM 'chief' Yasin Bhatkal started his recruitment from a room near Darbhanga airport. Bhatkal would spot recruits and Kafeel used to indoctrinate them into IM, said ATS officials.

  • October 8: Abu Jundal was remanded in the NIA custody till October 20, 2012 by a Delhi court.

    Yasin Bhatkal, 'chief' of IM India operations, planted the bomb at Dadar in the July 13, 2011 (13/7) Mumbai (Maharashtra) serial blasts himself, according to the confessional statement of Nadeem Sheikh, a key accused in the triple blasts.

    The Maharashtra ATS which is probing the case has also learnt that on July 7, 2011, six persons including Bhatkal, Ahmed, Waqas, Tabrez, Munnabhai and Sheikh had met at Habib building in Byculla to plan the serial blasts.

  • October 1: Feroz, an IM terrorist, which carried out the serial blasts in Pune on August 1, 2012 and had planned to attack Delhi and Bodh Gaya (Bihar) during the coming festival season, was arrested by Delhi Police from Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi.

  • September 26: Asad and Imran, IM terrorists, which carried out the serial blasts in Pune on August 1, 2012 and had planned to attack Delhi and Bodh Gaya (Bihar) during the coming festival season, were arrested by Delhi Police from their Pul Prahladpur accommodation.

  • October 3: Thane Police booked former SIMI militant Saquib Nachan and four others under the MCOCA. Saquib Nachan, is also accused in Mulund bomb blast of 2003, was arrested by police for allegedly firing at an advocate in Bhiwandi on August 3, 2012.

  • October 2: Alleged IM and SIMI operative Afaq Iqbal alias Danish Riyaz was brought to Hyderabad from Gujarat by the SIT of Hyderabad Police. He was sent to fourteen-day judicial custody.

  • September 30: Maharashtra ATS and Central agencies probing the August 1, 2012 Pune (Maharashtra) blasts are now closing in on fronts funding IM and its activities. One such key front based in south India projects itself as dedicated to social service but is modelled along the lines of the banned JuD in Pakistan; the LeT parent body.

  • September 26: NIA has registered a fresh case against the members of the banned outfit IM for recruiting, financing and running terror camps. The agency said that the IM has received large amount of money over a period of one year from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.

    According to the UMHA, there are more than 52 militants of the IM who have been identified by the Police and are presently on the run.

    Investigations have revealed that IM, has links with the international Islamic organization HuT banned in Germany and Bangladesh.

    Delhi Police had filed two charge sheets against IM members and the alleged handler in 26/11) attacks case, Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal.

  • September 24: The Mumbai (Maharashtra) High Court, granted bail on INR 50,000 to Mohammad Atik Iqbal, an alleged IM operative.

    IM militants had been instructed to take to crimes like dacoity and snatching to fund their terror activities in India without depending on hawala money. besides Madhya Pradesh, the terror imprint has been found on robberies committed even at Pune (Maharashtra), Patna (Bihar), Jaipur (Rajasthan) and Ahmedabad (Gujarat).

  • September 23: Saudi Arabia has asked for more evidence from India about involvement of IM operative Fasih Mohammed in terror activities especially in the conspiracy behind the bomb blasts in Bangalore and Delhi.

  • September 21: The prosecution in the German bakery bomb blast (February 13, 2010) case got an enhance on September 21, 2012 as the role of IM 'chief' Yasin Bhatkal, the man wanted for a string of terror attacks across the country, came to light for the first time while recording evidence of a key witness.

  • September 16: ATS investigating the August 1, 2012 Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts have detained a jeweller for processing INR 2.2 million hawala transaction from Dubai and delivering it to two persons, suspected to be part of the sleeper cells of IM.

    A garment trader, identified as Arvindkumar Jain, was arrested in Mumbai in an eight year old case of FICN, booked by the Thane crime branch.

    Abu Jundal key conspirator of 26/11 told interrogators that he was assisting the LeT in maintaining their website for six to seven months prior to the 26/11 strike.

  • September 15: It was reported that IM perpetrators were paid INR 1 million, sent through hawala from UAE, for 13/7 blasts.

  • September 13: A court, awarded five-year rigorous imprisonment to three militants, identified as Khalid, Sami and Shahja of SIMI in a 2008 case for possessing arms and distributing objectionable pamphlets in Shyamnagar area of Dhar District in Madhya Pradesh.

  • September 12: With the fourth anniversary of September 13, 2008 Delhi serial blast, Delhi Police has started tracking the members of IM especially Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh, as they fear an IM strike.

  • September 11: UMHA has asked the NIA to lodge a fresh FIR against IM. UMHA named all the absconding members as accused. Sources said the FIR would have names of about a dozen absconding IM members, including those holed up in Pakistan.

  • September 9: The IM is out to resurrect the outfit by dumping former cadres of the Students Islamic Movement of India and starting recruitments afresh, the Delhi Police have warned.

  • September 7: The Delhi Police, in a conference presentation said the IM was targeting disenchanted youth comprising 'petty criminals' and 'highly-paid software professionals' for assembling bombs, Internet hacking and is extensively using social networking sites to avoid detection.

  • September 4: MHA has asked West Bengal government to keep tabs on the activities of SIMI in the state.

    The UMHA is concerned about the steady rise in terrorist activists in the Marathwada region of Maharshtra particularly Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani, Beed and Nanded Districts. It was found that activists of the banned Student SIMI, IM and certain organisations from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, were focusing on the Marathwada region.

  • August 30: Initial reports had said the four suspected IM activists involved in the April 17, 2010, Chinnaswamy stadium (Bangalore) blast case were picked up by Police.

    Mumbai Police arrested another desecrator of Amar Jawan memorial at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai (Maharashtra) during the August 11, 2012, violence. The arrestee was identified as Shahbaz Abdul Kadir Sheikh. He along with other desecrators Abdul Kadir Mohammad Yunus Ansari and Salim Chaukiya, who allegedly snatched a rifle from a Police official, were said to be the key rioters in the case.

  • August 27: The Supreme Court refused to direct the Union Government on extradition or deportation of IM militant Fasih Mohammed from Saudi Arabia Authority. After going through all the correspondence between the Centre and the Saudi Arabia Government, a bench of justices P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi said it is for the Centre to pursue the case further as it cannot pass any direction for bringing him back.

  • August 22: In its recently submitted inquiry report, the Maharashtra CID said that the murder of suspected IM militant Qateel Mohammed Siddiqui inside Pune’s Yerwada Central Jail on June 8, 2012.

  • August 21: The Government has officially called the August 1 Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts a terror act. The Centre had maintained so far that all angles were being probed and that the blasts, which injured one person, could be an act of terrorists.

    The Bangalore and Delhi Police are preparing documents in Arabic for the extradition of 28-year-old IM operative Fasih Mohammed from Saudi Arabia as sought by the Saudi authorities. Fasih is wanted in connection with blast that occurred outside the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore (Karnataka) on April 17, 2010, and a shootout at Jama Masjid in Old Delhi onSeptember 19, 2010.

    Bangalore city Police are planning to send a proposal to the state Government, seek its approval for setting up a special court to speed up the trial of the Chinnaswamy stadium blast case. They will also ask the Government to appoint a special public prosecutor for the case.

  • August 20: Cyber security agencies have detected the hand of the PFI in Kerala and Bangladesh-based HuJI, while tracking SMSs that led to the exodus of Northeast people, said a cyber expert.

    According to Police officials, Mohammed Sajjid, founding member of banned IM is a key suspect in the August 1 Pune (Maharashtra) serial bomb blast.

  • August 16: Initial investigation shows role of SIMI in the violence at Azad Maidan in Mumbai. Security agencies have pinpointed SIMI operative Saquib Nachan to be the mastermind of the attack.

    CCCI probe into the SMSs and the uploaded morphed pictures circulated among the minority community which led to provocation at Azad Maidan Mumbai on August 11 has so far not found any IP to suggest that it had originated from Pakistan.

  • August 12: A communication between terrorist of two terrorist organisations, LeT and IM, intercepted by the central IB has revealed that terror operatives failed to plant a bomb-laden car in Ahmadabad.

    A high alert was sounded at Jaipur (Rajasthan) airport by the CISF and the city Police in the wake of an IB alert on a possible hijack plan at four probable spots in the country, including Jaipur.

    Mujib Shaikh, IM mitant and an accused in the serial blasts that took place in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) on July 26, 2008, told the Ahmadabad Crime Branch officials that Abus Subhan alias Tauqeer - a terror operative and one of the masterminds of Ahmadabad serial blasts - could be behind the August 1 Pune serial blasts.

    Mujib Shaikh told the Ahmadabad Crime Branch officials that Abus Subhan alias Tauqeer could be behind the August 1 Pune serial blasts and is now heading the IM.

  • August 9: A strand of hair found on a defused bomb at Chinnaswamy Stadium on April 17, 2010, helped Police establish the identity of a terrorist named Mohammed Qateel Siddiqui (30), who planted it. Siddiqqui was killed in a brawl in Pune central jail.

  • August 8: The forensic experts’ report on August 1 Pune bomb blast reveals the use of a cohesive mixture of ammonium nitrate and furnace oil as well as use of several.

  • August 6: The Ahmadabad crime branch has taken into its custody IM suspect in the Ahmadabad serial blasts case, Mujib Sheikh. Sheikh has been brought to the city for further questioning regarding the Ahmedabad serial blasts of 2008 and the planting of bombs in Surat.

    SC granted two weeks time to the Centre to file its written submission on the whereabouts of suspected IM member Fasih Mohammed, who is currently in the custody of Saudi Arabia Police, in connection with several terror acts in India.

    Rajasthan State ATS intensified its search for the four absconding suspects associated with the IM terror outfit of the Jaipur serial blasts of May.

    A SC bench of justices P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi granted two weeks time to the Centre to file its written submission on the whereabouts of suspected IM member Fasih Mohammed, who is currently in the custody of Saudi Arabia Police, in connection with several terror acts in India.

  • August 5: The intensity of the four explosions on Jungli Maharaj Road, Pune on August 1 would have been higher had all the charges gone off, and if the ammonium nitrate used was not outdated or if RDX had been used, said officials from the BDDS.

    The involvement of IM has worried Gujarat Police, because the state has always figured high on the terrorists' hit list.

    The Ahmadabad crime branch has taken into its custody IM suspect in the Ahmadabad serial blasts case, Mujib Sheikh, after he was brought to the city on a transfer warrant from Madhya Pradesh. Sheikh has been brought to the city for further questioning regarding the Ahmedabad serial blasts of 2008 and the planting of bombs in Surat.

  • August 4: Karnataka ATS raided the houses of suspected IM militants Shaikh Altaf and Shaikh Ramzan in Bijapur in connection to the Pune blasts.

    Investigators based on a host of factors and indications are convinced that the low-intensity serial blasts in Pune on August 1 were executed by the IM.

    Abu Jundal, told the Police that the Pune German Bakery blast conspiracy was planned in 2008 but it could not be executed as the LeT bosses wanted a Mumbai operation first.

    Abu Jundal told the crime branch of Mumbai Police that the brothers Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal are hiding in Pakistan, but he doesn't know much about them. The Bhatkal brothers are involved in several serial blasts across the country and had fled to Pakistan in 2009.  

    Karnataka ATS raided the houses of suspected IM militants Shaikh Altaf and Shaikh Ramzan in Bijapur (Karnataka) in connection to the Pune blasts.

    Investigators based on a host of factors and indications are convinced that the low-intensity serial blasts in Pune on August 1 were executed by the IM. While it may have been executed by some new recruits of the terror outfit, IM leadership that is mostly intact and believed to be hiding in Pakistan may have planned the attack, sources say.Further, the investigators have ruled out the possibility of Maoists or Hindu fringe groups being responsible for the four blasts and two unexploded IED, sources said.

  • August 3: Justice V. K. Shali Tribunal has submitted its report confirming the ban on SIMI that it has links with Pakistan-based terror outfits, including the LeT and its frontal outfit, the Indian Mujahideen IM.

    Maharashtra Police officials said that they prepared sketches of two persons who may have planted explosives in Pune on August 1The investigators suspect involvement of at least three persons in executing the serial bomb blasts in Pune.

    The court of additional sessions judge N P Dhote deferred the hearing in the February 13, 2010, German bakery bomb blast case that killed 17 people and injured 64 till August 24, 2012. The hearing was deferred as the special public prosecutor Raja Thakare had sent a plea.

    ATS officers from Karnataka and Gujarat reached Pune to probe link of August 1, blast to their states in any manner. The Karnataka Police interrogated Dayanand Patil, the only injured in the blast and a suspect, and his wife, as they are a natives of Kohinoor village in Basavakalyan taluk (administrative unit) of Karnataka’s Bidar District.

    The investigating agencies suspect that a new terror module engineered August 1 blasts in Pune. According to officials, the suspicion stems from the nature of the material used in the bombs and the modus operandi of the group. The investigators believe five to six persons may have carried out the blasts.

  • August 2: NIA members said that entire operation of August 1 Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts looks as though it had been planned locally.  Right from the timer devices, a locally-made clock and locally purchased bicycles, all indications are that the entire operation was planned in Pune.

    "Although the IM [Indian Mujahedeen] had resurfaced from Bihar, it would not be correct to say that their modules are dead in Pune, which was once their headquarters," Intelligence Bureau officials said.

    Home Minister R R Patil said that Pune police had received a letter warning revenge over the death of alleged IM operative Qateel Ahmad Siddiqui in Yerawada jail.

    Top police officers in Pune refuted reports of having received a specific report from the SID or letters warning them about the bomb blasts on the busy Jangli Maharaj road a day earlier.

    An unnamed official as saying that a design flaw in the bombs caused them to explode partially and prevented the shrapnel from spreading. Without naming any group, an unnamed Home Ministry official in New Delhi said there were "credible leads" pointing to a "big plan" by a terror outfit. "

    Investigation in the serial low-intensity blasts in the city has hit a hurdle as some CCTV cameras at the explosion sites have been found to be non-functional. Sources in the investigative agencies said that the CCTV cameras installed at Dena Bank, McDonald’s and Bal Gandharva traffic square, near where the explosions occurred, have not yielded any clue so far and some of them were non-functional.

  • August 1: Four low-intensity blasts rocked the busy Junglee Maharaj Road in Pune injuring one person. Two other bombs were defused by the Anti-Terror Squad.  All explosives were kept in cake boxes and placed within a kilometer range.

    Home Secretary RK Singh said that the injured person is being treated as suspect and questioned by the police. Mr. Singh also suspects a terror angle as it was a planned attack. After the blasts all cities across India are on high alert. A bomb disposal squad swept Jantar Mantar in New Delhi where Anna Hazare and his activists are on a hunger strike, supported by a large crowd.

    Police sources said that the preliminary report of the FSL indicates that ammonium nitrate was used in the Pune blasts. According to the city's Police Commissioner Gulab Rao Pol, the man who was suspected to have carried one of the four bombs that exploded in Pune on August 1 night, and was injured has been identified as Dayanand Patil, a local tailor. He is a local resident and works as a tailor in Junglee Maharaj Road.

    The Pune Police commissioner Gulabrao Pol have denied the August 1 attack to be a terror attack; however, ATS suspect it to be work of IM.

    According to a report, bicycle has once again become the vehicle of terror after the August 1 Pune blast suggests the use of bicycle to carry out attack.

  • July 27: Jundal reiterated the presence of IM founder brothers Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal in Karachi, Pakistan.

  • July 26: PFI is the new face of banned extremist outfit SIMI and is engaged in anti-national activities, Kerala Police's Intelligence Wing Chief, Siddique Rawther, told the Kerala High Court.

    Jundal has told the Mumbai crime branch that he was associated with the activities of the banned SIMI in Beed since early 2000. But it was in 2005 that he got close to LeT operative Aslam Kashmiri, who he met in Beed, and started participating in terror activities.

    Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said that there could not be a set time-frame for the deportation of alleged IM operative, Fasih Mohammed, from Saudi Arabian, as it involved legal procedures. The CBI on behalf of the Karnataka and the Delhi Police had got a red-corner notice issued against Fasih through the Interpol.

  • July 25: Jundal further revealed that, the SIMI, a banned outfit, has been acting as the 'backbone' for militant organisations providing them with critical logistical support to carry out terror strikes in the country. He said, SIMI has links with JeM, HM and the ISI.

  • July 23: The STF of Kolkata Police believes suspected IM militant; Haroon Rashid was probably planning a strike during Mamata Banerjee's Martyrs' Day rally on the same day. Haroon wanted in connection with the 13/7 Mumbai blasts and other terror acts in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.

    Jundal said LeT was planning to revamp its Indian agency, IM, but admitted he had never met the Bhatkal brothers. The IM was setting up modules in India with the help of its Saudi Arabian modules.

  • July 21: Abu Jundal provided first-hand evidence of recent vintage that "Project Karachi", an ISI backed terror scheme to provide shelter to Indian terror fugitives, continues to present a danger to India.

    Some prominent members of the IM believed to be in Pakistan and the names of those who have cropped up in Jundal's interrogation include Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, Aslam Kashmiri, Fayaz Kagzi and Aakif.

  • July 19: Jundal revealed that Yasin Bhatkal, one of the most wanted terrorists in the country and 'chief' of the IM, is now hiding in Bangladesh with the support of ISI.

    India has decided to formally move for Fasih Mehmood's deportation from Saudi Arabia so that the role of IM in several blasts in the country can be investigated.

  • July 17: Kolkata Police's STF arrested a suspected terrorist, identified as Harun Rashid, of banned SIMI, believed to be active behind the Islamic terrorism in India and having close links with terror outfit IM.

    Interpol has informed the MHA that IM Fasih Mohammed terrorist, who is wanted in several terror cases and is in the custody of Saudi Arabian authorities, cannot be extradited to India.

    Haroon Rashid, suspected IM militant arrested from Kolkata on July 17.

  • July 15: Investigation in bomb blast cases has thrown light on the fact that not only low level militants but also top rung of IM have cheated their sponsors of big amount of cash.

    LeT militant, Abu Jundal, has revealed that the 26/11 attacks were most probably planned spanning across five countries- Pakistan, Sri Lanka, US, Italy and France.

  • July 13: The questioning of IM militants- Kafeel and Kamaal Ansari by Delhi Special Cell has revealed that the IM's Indian head, Yaseen Bhatkal, had entrusted them with the job of conducting recees and arranging for arms and ammunitions to the strike force that actually carried out the attacks.

    The questioning of IM militants- Kafeel and Kamaal Ansari by Delhi Special Cell has revealed that the IM's Indian head, Yaseen Bhatkal, had entrusted them with the job of conducting recees and arranging for arms and ammunitions to the strike force that actually carried out the attacks.

    A year after the 13/7 blasts, the probe led by Maharashtra's ATS has gone transnational as the key wanted accused are believed to be operating from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Nepal and Pakistan.

  • July 12: The arrested LeT handler Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal has told the Intelligence and Delhi Police officials that "10 SIM cards, used by 10 terrorists, including lone survivor Ajmal Kasab, in Mumbai were procured and sent to Pakistan by Abu Zar, Lashkar-e-Taiba's commander in Jammu and Kashmir", said a source.

    Fasih Mohammed, an accused in the April 17, 2010, Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bangalore) blast and the September 19, 2010, shooting incident near Jama Masjid (Delhi) and detained in Saudi Arabia, is likely to be deported to India next week.

  • July 11: IM India chief and one of the main conspirators and executors of the triple blasts in Mumbai on 13/7)Mohammed Ahmed Sadibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal used to impart jihadi speeches to the youth in a school library at Darbhanga in Bihar.

  • July 10: After the arrest of top LeT militant Abu Jundal, Indian security agencies have over the past few days intercepted several wireless messages close to the LoC in the Kashmir Valley in which LeT commanders operating out of Muzaffarabad in PoK are telling counterparts across the border to launch major terror strikes in the region.

    26/11 attack handler Abu Jundal has been in custody of the Delhi Police's Special Cell since June 21, but insiders say that his 'real' interrogation is yet to begin. According to IB and the Delhi Police are seeking to establish the exact links between LeT and the IM.

  • July 9: A Delhi court remanded to 10 days Delhi Police custody two suspected militants of IM identified as Kafil Akhtar and Kamal Hasan for their alleged involvement in reviving the banned outfit.

    Syed Zaibuddin Ansari aka Abu Jundal, the key handler of 26/11 attack was given eight different aliases by LeT leadership since his induction in the outfit till his stay in Saudi Arabia, which also suggests that the organisation used more than one Quniyat (nickname) for its militants.

    Delhi Police will be writing to Interpol asking for details of Ansari's Pakistani SIM card. A source said "we will seek SIM card of Jundal from FIA of Pakistan through Interpol.

    The Union Government revealed the whereabouts of Fasih Mohammad, a suspected terror accused, and said he is in custody of the Saudi Arabia Police.

  • July 8: Abu Jundal has told interrogators that it was LeT ‘operation head’ Muzammil Butt, then operating in Kashmir, who along with dozen terrorists in Army fatigues went to Chhattisinghpora village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag District on March 25, 2000 and killed 35 Sikhs.

    Abu Jundal claimed that, Abu Hamza, who has been linked to several terror strikes in the country, including the December 28, 2005 attack on the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore (Karnataka), is dead.

    Delhi Police has approached Interpol to get the statement of the Taiwanese tourist, Ku Ze Wei, who was injured in IM orchestrated attack on Jama Masjid on September 19, 2010.

  • July 6: Jundal revealed Major Sameer Ali came to PoK to hand over two cartons of AK-47 bullets to the terrorists who were to carry out the 26/11 attacks.

    Delhi Police is planning to send a Letter Rogatory (LR) to Saudi Arabia seeking more details about Jundal's stay, his job and about computers used by him.

    The Indian agencies for the first time sent an elaborate report to the FBI on LeT operative David Coleman Headley’s involvement in 26/11, based on interrogation of Abu Jundal.

  • July 5: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said that India has conveyed to Islamabad that information from the interrogation of LeT terrorist Abu Jundal clearly pointed to involvement of non-state actors and state actors in Pakistan who were behind 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai.

    NIA is reported to be currently conducting fresh raids in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka based on crucial leads provided by Jundal.

    Abu Jundal told interrogators, the Pakistani handlers of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack believed for some time that three cabinet ministers and a cabinet secretary had been held in Hotel Taj (Mumbai) and thought that they could demand anything from the Indian government for their releaseas.

    Abu Jundal has told interrogators that LeT ‘military commander’ Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is being guarded in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, Pakistan by LeT militants.

    Abu Jundal told Delhi Police that LeT has jointly set up bases with IM all over India for future operations.

  • July 4: IM has been banned in the UK, Britain’s Security Minister James Brokenshire told lawmakers. IM has become one of 47 other organisations on the UK banned list.

    Union Home minister P. Chidambaram said it had become increasingly clear that 'state actors' were involved in executing the 26/11 terror attacks and that without state support the terror control room could not have been established in Pakistan.

    Abu Jundal has told investigators that 12, and not 10, LeT terrorists had been trained for the 26/11 attacks.

    NIA told a Delhi court that it wants custodial interrogation of Abu Jundal.

    Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram admitted officially for the first time that IM operative Fasih Mahmood had been detained in Saudi Arabia.

    State Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan told the Kerala State Assembly that the SIMI is not functioning in Kerala but former activists of the banned outfit were carrying out their activities under cover. Seven terror related cases, including the camp held by SIMI activists at Wagamon (Idukki District), were handed over to the National Investigating Agency, he said.

    Jundal has told interrogators the Karachi 'control room' was destroyed by sleuths of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency weeks after the barbaric Mumbai attack.

  • July 3: Recent investigations have revealed that IM's Bihar module, was not the "latest" but the "oldest" module formed by the terror outfit.

    Jundal's passport (number - QL1790941) was made on January 28, 2009, valid till January 2014, with his address shown as village Daowkay, Post Office Mohammad Rehman Pura in District Sheikhupura (in Punjab Province). He was shown as the son of one Mohammad Khushi.

    Abu Jundal reportedly used chat services to communicate with his module members.

    India decided to give a dossier on LeT operative Abu Jundal to Pakistan.

    The jailed mastermind of 26/11 attack, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, is still active, commanding the main LeT communication centre from within Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

  • July 2: A senior LeT militant, identified only as "major general saheb", and two ISI personnel were among the 10 people present in the control room set up in Karachi to orchestrate the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai.

    LeT terrorist and 26/11 Mumbai attacks handler Abu Jundal's passport has revealed his present and permanent addresses in Pakistan as Muridke near Lahore.

    Jundal was planning to attack the Nashik Police Academy in Maharashtra, following the successful strike on the Lahore Police Academy in Pakistan allegedly by the Taliban on March 30, 2009.

    Jundal told the Special Cell of Delhi Police that the LeT has brought in an ace Chinese para-glider to northern Pakistan where he has been training militants in paragliding for the past two years. The training is being conducted somewhere in the Baltistan area of north Pakistan bordering the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China.

    Jundal has shown no regret for 26/11 attacks, in which 166 people were killed and 238 injured.

    Jundal refuses to give information about the involvement of Pakistan’s state agencies, say investigators.

    Statements of LeT operative David Coleman Headley and Abu Jundal, match in one key respect as they have both named the same three Pakistani officials as being involved in the planning and execution of the 26/11 attacks. Sources in the Maharashtra ATS) said Jundal has named Major Iqbal, Major Sameer Ali and Colonel Shah of the Pakistani Army.

  • July 1: Abu Jundal told his interrogators, that LeT militants are trained in 'internet activities' and the outfit has a dedicated band of "trained and educated" boys.

    Jundal has also given information about LeT’s training camps running all over Pakistan.

    Fasih Mahmood is one of the founding members of IM and that he studied in the same engineering college as Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal- the Bhatkal brothers.

    Fasih was one of the five men who transformed SIMI into the IM almost overnight a decade ago, Delhi Police sources claim.

  • June 30: Sources further said that they found around 60 "interesting" numbers in Jundal's mobile phone and Jundal has allegedly claimed that of these about 15 are of ISI officers and LeT members in Pakistan. The other numbers are of contacts in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

    Jundal has told officials that German Bakery blast accused Fayaz Kagzi, who was Ansari's accomplice and who inducted him into the LeT, is living in Abu Dhabi. The officials said Jundal had obtained the SIM card for his mobile from Pakistan.

    Abu Jundal has told interrogators that at least two officers of Pakistan's ISI were present in the control room set up in Karachi.

    Jundal has revealed he had recruited 50 persons during his nearly two-year stay in Saudi Arabia and was also instrumental in hawala funding through his contacts in Riyadh and Dubai to LeT’s sleeper cells in Kerala and Maharashtra.

  • June 29: Asserting the role of Abu Jundal, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram commented, "In fact many missing pieces of the 26/11 conspiracy are now known to us through interrogation of Abu Jundal. He was a key operative, he was assigned the key responsibility to putting the 10 terrorists in intensive training and the customs followed by Mumbaikars.”

    Intelligence sources said that Abu Jundal, in his interrogation disclosed that following the Mumbai massacre the LeT shifted its headquarters from Muridke to Dolai region in PoK to avoid suspicion.

    Abu Jundal has revealed that one Major Abdurrehman and key 26/11 accused Sajid MiraliasSajid Wajid had visitedIndiaas cricket fans and conducted reconnaissance of important sites inDelhiand Mumbai for about a fortnight.

    CBI source said that “The Saudi Arabian authorities have finally confirmed to the CBI that Fasih Mehmood is in their custody. The CBI has begun the process to get him back toIndia soon”. In addition, Indian security establishment is looking at almost half a dozen persons in Saudi Arabia who may have had significant role in terrorism targeted against India.

    A source said among the key Indian terror suspects they believe to be hiding inSaudi Arabiais C A M Basheer, the former SIMI leader.

    Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram stated that according to Abu Jundal’s revelations, a new ‘chief’ is heading LeT. After arrest of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi on December 2, 2008, by Pakistan for 26/11 attacks, another handler named Muzameel took charge of the terror outfit.

    Abu Jundal, the alleged handler of 26/11 terrorists, has further revealed that Mumbai attackers had undergone training in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan.

    Jundal claimed there was a 'great degree of coordination now between LeT, al Qaeda and even the Taliban’.

    Jundal claims that though he did visit LeT’s training facility at the Pakistan-Iran border but he was not present during the time that the Mumbai module was undergoing training there.

    The LeT militant Faiyaz Kagzi, an accused in 26/11 blast case, had given bomb-making training to Pune German Bakery blast (February 13, 20120) accused Mirza Himayat Baig in Sri Lanka capital Colombo in 2008.

  • June 28: After 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, when pressure mounted on Pakistan to arrest LeT ‘operations chief’ Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi from a camp near Muzaffarabad in PoK, LeT’s Indian command Abu Jundal was bailed out by ISI. After being bailed out, Jundal was asked to stay off the radar and he left forSaudi Arabiain early 2010.

    Jundal revealed that all LeT members had done some communication practice for VoIP internet calls and understand the network areas of the targets. The LeT bosses also checked theSIMcards and handsets before the 10 terrorists left for Mumbai and a last-minute drill was also conducted.

    UHM is unlikely to oblige a Pakistani request to share information about Syed Zabiuddin aka Abu Jundal’s arrest.

    Jundal has revealed before the Special Cell of Delhi Police that LeT is running several training camps in Muzaffarabad in PoK.

    NIA moved for his custody and registered an FIR against him and another terrorist Fayaz Kagzi for planning to organise terrorist attacks inIndia.

    According to the reports, Jundal was sent toKathmanduin 2005 for training for two months in arms and explosives. After coming back, he got involved with theFebruary 19, 2006Ahmedabad blast.

    Jundal revealed that two days before the 26/11 attack, LeT militants carried out a mock drill inPakistan.

    According to Bengal Police, he used Bongaon District inWest Bengal, to sneak fromIndiaintoBangladeshbefore moving on toPakistanin 2006. While he was inBengal, he recruited youths from Murshidabad, Malda and North 24-Parganas Districts.

    Abu Jundal had nine Facebook accounts and email ids that he allegedly used to hunt for new recruits in Saudi Arabia and in India for LeT.

    Abu Jundal confessed that he had met LeT's operational commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in thePakistanjail. Jundal said that after 26/11, he fled toPakistanand was running a business of sale and purchase of cars inRawalpindi.

  • June 27: The Indian Government said it is in touch with authorities inSaudi Arabiato bring back alleged IM operative Fasih Mahmood.

    Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said that the arrested 26/11 attack handler, Syed Zabiuddin alias Abu Jundal, had confirmed the role of Pakistani state actors in the plotting and execution of Mumbai attacks.

    The role of Pakistani state actors is also being suspected from the location of LeT's control room in Karachi as pointed out by Jundal.

    The interrogation of Abu Jundal, the 26/11 handler, has turned out to be an expose of LeT links with the IM, Jundal has confessed his links with IM.

    Jundal is the highest ranking Indian in LeT and was recruited in 2005. Jundal has told his interrogators that he was recruited by LeT's ‘commander’ of Jammu and Kashmir range Aslam Kashmiri.

    Jundal confessed that the plan to carry out 26/11 type terror strike was plotted in 2006, however, when the security agencies track down arms, ammunitions and explosives from Aurangabad in Maharashtra it was postponed and then he was asked to come down to Pakistan by his LeT bosses.

    Delhi Police revealed that LeT trained Jundal to fly planes. Lashkar had planned to use him and two others (Fayyaz Kagzi from Beed and Mohammad Rahil Sheikh from Thane) in 9/11-style kamikaze attacks on Indian highrise buildings and big dams.

    Abu Jundal was planning to attack the RSS Headquarters inNagpuras well as theUSAand Israeli embassies inNew Delhi.

    Jundal has been put on a suicide watch. Accordingly, Delhi Police's SWAT commandoes have been deployed to prevent Jundal from harming himself in the custody.

  • June 26: Anti-India terror outfits operating fromPakistanhave been trying to lure youth from Kerala under a slogan 'Organise without organisation'. There is a wide network that recruits youth from Kerala for LeT. C A M Basheer, the elusive SIMI leader from Aluva (Ernakulam District), now operating fromSaudi Arabia, is the key figure.

    Indian Government sources confirmed reports of more terror operatives’ detention inSaudi Arabia, Suspected IM operative Fasih Mohammad was one of those detained in Saudi, sources said.

    Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna confirmed that Jundal, a key player in 26/11terror operation, was arrested with the help of Saudi authorities.

    AdilaliasAjmal, a Pakistani national told Police that in 2009, Jundal reportedly trained 90 men at LeT Bhawalpur training camp in the Punjab Province of Pakistan, many of them later joined the IM.

    Further investigation revealed that Abu Jundal was the conduit betweenPakistan's ISI and LeT and SIMI and IM in India.

    US had prevented Jundal’s deportation toPakistanas he was earlier arrested inSaudi Arabia(2011) in a forgery case, andPakistanwas trying hard to get him deported.

  • June 25: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said, “The person who goes by the pseudonym of Abu Jundal has been apprehended and has been remanded to the custody of law enforcement agencies”.

    LeT has re-activated its naval wing last year (2011) with terrorists trying their hand at maritime techniques including sailing off theKarachishore, the interrogation of Abu Jundal has revealed.

  • June 23: LeT terrorist Abu Jindal (Jundal), who is in Delhi Police's custody, has confessed his active role in 26/11 attacks, saying that JuD ‘chief’ Hafiz Saeed was present in the Karachi (Pakistan) control room when the 26/11 masterminds were controlling the events.

    According to IB sources, during the interrogation, Abu Jindal has admitted to handling the attack on Nariman House during 26/11. Jindal reportedly told the Police that he was the one who trained the 10 terrorists.

    Sources said, "Abu Jundal knows the Bhatkal brothers - Riyaz and Iqbal, bosses of Indian Mujahideen based inKarachi-- very well. He claims that the Bhatkal brothers used to come to joint meetings of Lashkar and IM. For the Jama Masjid attack, the Bhatkal brothers asked Jundal to provide a man, an expert in firing”.

  • June 17: India has for the first time lodged a strong protest with Pakistan and given concrete evidence proving that IM, which has been responsible for a series of bomb blasts across the country, is a front of terror outfit LeT.

    New Delhi has also categorically told Islamabad that LeT was using the Pakistani soil to give training and other logistical support to the IM. The issue was discussed at length during the recently concluded home secretary-level talk in Islamabad.

    Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI, has for long been trying to project that IM was India's internal problem of 'home grown terror' as most of its members were Indians. The basic idea of ISI, intelligence sources said, behind floating IM was to show that terrorism was India's own domestic issue and that Pakistan has nothing to do with it. But Indian intelligence and security agencies have now busted that myth giving a complete list during the secretary-level talks to Pakistan of LeT's terror camps in Pakistan where IM cadre, comprising mostly Indian recruits, were being trained.

    The details of this elaborate dossier reveals that LeT was using at least five camps in PoK to train IM terrorists in use of making IEDs and training of arms and ammunitions. These important camps, which have been on the radar of Indian agencies, are: Bait-ul- Mujahideen at Shawai Nalla; Al Massada, Ibn Taymiyya, Abdullah Bin Masood, Masker Al Aqsa. All these training camps are in Muzaffarabad in PoK. The dossier also states that most of these men are 'launched across the border' mostly through the Maskai-e-Ummalkura which is basically a tent camp used for transit close to the Indian border.

    The details provided by the Indian side go on to reveal that the top LeT commanders like Abu Muzammil and Abu Sama, are actively involved in training the IM terrorist. These two LeT operatives often cross over into India also to supervise Lashkar operations in the Kashmir Valley, particularly in North Kashmir. In addition, India also reiterated that the two founders of IM, Riaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, continue to live in Karachi under the ISI's protection.

    "Information was also provided to Pakistan as to how Indian youth from various parts of the country are taken to Pakistan through Nepal and Bangladesh for training. This is the first time that India has taken up the IM issue with Pakistan so strongly," a senior home ministry official said. The current chief of IM in India, Yasin Bhatkal, who is still on the run, is also suspected to have been trained by the LeT at these training centres in Muzaffarabad.

  • June 15: Investigations into the 13/7 Mumbai triple blasts revealed that one of the wanted accused and IM operative Muzaffar Kola, had been using two SIM cards which were obtained under fake identity.

    Police said that Kola, who originally belongs to Bhatkal (Karnataka), owns a private firm, Muzaffar Kola Enterprises, in Dubai. ATS chief Rakesh Maria said, "This firm is also involved in hawala business. One of the arrested accused, Haroon Rasheed Naik, had given INR 10 lakh to this firm to send it to India. The money was send from Dubai to a New Delhi based hawala operator, Kanwalnayan Pathrija, who in turn gave this money to Indian Mujahideen leader, Yaseen Bhatkal alias Shahrukh alias Shivanand. This money was used to execute the triple blasts".

    ATS investigators said that two other arrested accused, Naqi Ahmed and Nadeem Akhtar, had provided SIM cards obtained on forged and fake documents to several Indian Mujahideen leaders. "We have got evidence to prove that the two SIM cards which Kola had been using were obtained on forged documents," said an officer.

    The officers of the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) interrogating Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Mohammed Kafeel Ahmed, in connection with July 13, 2011 (13/7) triple blasts in the city, have said that he is the key conduit in what is believed to be a well-spread out hawala (illegal money transfer) network that channels underworld money to the terror group. Kafeel, the caretaker of a local mosque and well-versed with scriptures, travelled across the country to spot and train fresh recruits into the IM cadre, ATS officials said.

    The interrogation has also revealed that Kafeel knows how the INR 3.75 crore ransom collected in the 2001 kidnapping of shoe baron Partho Roy Burman in West Bengal was routed through hawala channels. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) believe that the money was used to fund the 9 /11 World Trade Centre attack in US, as well as the attack on the American Center at Kolkata in 2002, and that the kidnapping was carried out by persons who went on to form the home-grown IM.

    His interrogation has revealed over a dozen names that play a crucial role in the IM set up. Kafeel, along with Muzaffar Kola could throw light on terror financing through hawala networks, said police sources. Kola, whom the ATS alleges to be the key person who channelled INR 10 lakh to 13/7 mastermind Yasin Bhatkal through his hawala network, was also involved in the transfer of ransom money in the Burman case.

  • June 11: The Centre again denied that engineer (and alleged Indian Mujahedeen operative) Fasih Mohammad from Bihar, who had gone missing from Saudi Arabia after being allegedly picked up by Indian intelligence sleuths on May 13, was in the custody of any Indian law enforcement agency. The Delhi Police also filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court to this effect.

    Appearing for the Union of India, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Gourab Banerji also said the Government of Saudi Arabia, with whom the Indian ambassador had held two meetings on the issue, were "neither confirming nor denying" if Fasih is in the custody of that country's police.

    To a question from the Bench if Fasih was alive or not, the ASG said, "We have no knowledge as they (Saudi authorities) are not saying anything." He said there would be "some information" within 10 days.

  • June 8: IM operative Mohammad Qateel Siddiqui, accused of executing terror attacks in Bangalore and Delhi and involved in the attempt to blow up Pune's Dagadusheth Ganapati temple, was strangled to death by two other prisoners in a high-security cell of Pune's Yerawada central jail on June 8, 2012. Siddiqui was in custody of the Maharashtra ATS since May 3, 2012. He was handed over by Delhi Police, who arrested him on November 22, 2011. The terrorist was believed to be a close associate of Yasin Bhatkal, the main suspect in a string of terror attacks.

    Prison Superintendent S.V. Khatavkar, who was later suspended by the Maharashtra government for the security lapse, said that Siddiqui was found dead in his 10 ftx10 ft cubicle in the 'anda' cell of Yerawada. "We later learned that gangster Sharad Mohol and his aide Alok Bhalerao, who were also lodged in the anda cell, had strangled Siddiqui to death with a drawstring from a pair of shorts around 9.45am," he said.

    Further, the Maharashtra government has now asked prison authorities to separate terror accused from other high-profile criminals, according to Hindustan Times. The directive was issued soon after Siddiqui’s murder came to light, said Police sources. The directive is significant considering Arthur Road, Yerawada and Nagpur central jails hold high value criminals including Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani national convicted for his role in the 26/11 terrorist attacks.

    Apart from him, the state is particularly concerned about the key IM operatives arrested in the 13/7 Mumbai serial blasts which includes Haroon Rashid Abdul Hamid Naik, Naquee Ahmed, Nadeem Sheikh and Kanwar Nain Wazirchand Pathrija. All the four accused are currently in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai which also houses key Chhota Rajan henchmen facing trial in various cases.

  • June 6: The Delhi High Court gave four weeks time to the centre to respond to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking verification of users of networking sites on the lines of mobile subscribers, to augment national security.

    The PIL seeks strict scrutiny and verification of each user of social networking sites in India to ward off cybercrimes and terrorism. Referring to a report of Mumbai ATS, the PIL claims the accused of the 13/7 blast in Mumbai (Maharashtra) were in touch with each other and the IM operatives through internet since 2008.

    The centre told the Supreme Court that a red corner notice has been issued IM operative Fasih Mehmood for his alleged role in various terrorist activities, but refuted his wife's claim that he was abducted in a joint operation by Indian and Saudi Police in Dubai.

    Additional Solicitor General Gaurab Banerjee also submitted to the bench of justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and J.S. Khehar, a copy of the "red corner notice (RCN)" which was issued through Interpol and carried a warning, that Fasih "may be armed, dangerous and violent."

    The notice stated that 30-year old Fasih, a resident of Bihar's Darbhanga district, was a member of the IM and responsible for the Pune German Bakery blast on February 13, 2010; Bangalore Chinnaswami Stadium blasts on April 17, 2010 and Delhi's Jama Masjid shootout and blast on September 19, 2010.

    During the course of investigation, 7 persons were arrested and interrogated. They voluntarily confessed that they along with Fasih Mehmood and other absconders belong to the banned outfit called IM. The absconding accused Fasih Mehmood is an active member of IM since 2003. At present the absconding accused is hiding himself in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    It was submitted that several cases under various IPC sections like 120B (criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging or attempting to wage war against India), besides various provisions of the Explosives Substances Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act have been lodged against Fasih.

    Further, the centre told the Supreme Court that its agencies had no role in alleged arrest of Fasih Mehmood on May 13, 2012.

    Responding to the court's notice, Gaurab Banerjee told a bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar that its investigating agencies neither accompanied Saudi Arabian Police in effecting the alleged arrest nor had he been brought to India.

    Banerjee said "The external affairs secretary and the home secretary have conveyed that neither Indian agencies nor its officials were part of any alleged action to arrest Fasih in Saudi Arabia. It is not correct to say that Indian police arrested him. He is not in India”.

    The Maharashtra ATS claimed that it was aware of the whereabouts of a 13/7 accused, Muzaffar Kola, listed as wanted in the case charge sheet. He has not been arrested so far owing to his medical condition. Muzzafar Kola, owner of the Dubai based company Muzzafar Kola Enterprises, was in Bhatkal, Maharashtra, even as the ATS charge sheet listed him as a wanted accused.

    ATS chief Rakesh Maria said, “We have given it in the charge sheet. We know he is in Bhatkal. He has undergone surgeries. Because of his medical condition we have not arrested him. What's the point of arresting him when he would be in the hospital instead of jail? We have said in the charge sheet that his passport has been confiscated so that he does not move out of the country.”

  • June 5: Investigators probing the 13/7 triple blasts have learnt that Delhi-based hawala operator Kanwalnayan Pathrija not only transferred funds for the bombings, but also used three SIM cards obtained on fake documents. The SIM cards were from a set of cards provided to operatives of IM.

    According to the chargesheet filed by the ATS, suspected Pakistani bombers Waqqas Shaikh and Tabrez alias Danish, arrested accused Naquee Ahmed and Nadeem Akhtar and wanted accused Tehseen Shaikh and Muzaffar Kola had used SIM cards which were obtained using forged documents. "Pathrija (42) used three such SIM cards," said an ATS officer. "We have obtained the call detail records of these SIMs."

    The ATS chargesheet in the 13/7 case also mentions that the DNA of a woman was found in Byculla's Habib Mansion, the building where the suspected bombers stayed. "We had sent several seized items to the state forensic science laboratory for analysis. The forensic reports state that one of the three toothbrushes seized by the police from the room contains a woman's DNA," said an ATS officer. "It is likely that a family stayed in the room before the bombers rented it. Our probe has not reaveled the involvement of a woman, but we are probing all angles," the officer added.

    Investigations into the 13/7 Mumbai serial blasts has led government agencies to Haryana’s Mewat District, known as the birthplace of the Tabhligi Jamaat religious movement. It is learnt that some of the most wanted terrorists in the country have used the District, as a safe haven or a transit point.

    During the interrogation, arrested IM operatives have disclosed that top IM terrorists Riyaz Bhatkal and Haroon Rashid Abdul Hamid Naik had stayed at Mewat to escape arrest. Ahmad Zarar Siddibappa, alias Yasin Bhatkal, too, has narrowed down on the District, Police sources said.

    Yasin had stayed in Mewat after his cover in Darbhanga (Bihar) and Delhi was busted by the Delhi Police special cell along with the IB, added police sources. Mewat has been the place where most top IM terrorists have sought refuge after they conducted the blasts at Varanasi in 2006, and Jaipur and Delhi in 2008.

    Police sources further said Riyaz’s presence was last reported in 2008, after which he crossed over to Pakistan. Apart from the district’s proximity to the Capital, the area is on National Highway No 71-B and provides connectivity to West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

    Investigations revealed that the IM operatives had used social networking websites, and that's how they managed to stay under the investigators' radar. The investigators also found that some IM operatives were trying to conduct recruitments through their Facebook accounts.

    The IM has been quick in the use of technology when it came to planning and executing their operations. They started out with the use of email, then moved on to chats and later Skype, a video conferencing application.

  • June 4: The Maharashtra ATS has claimed that the funds received by IM operative Yasin Bhatkal from Dubai through the hawala channel were used to send recruits to Pakistan to receive terror training. Apart from being used in the 13/7 blasts, the funds were also used to pay the deposit for the Habib Mansion flat in Mumbai.

    The ATS, in its chargesheet, said, “During the course of investigation it has transpired that Yasin Bhatkal has utilised the money received by him through hawala for paying the deposit of the rental room in Mumbai and other places. The funds were also distributed to other members for the purpose of causing terrorist acts and sending Muslim youths to Pakistan for terror training”.

    Until now, the investigators had claimed that only Bhatkal, alias Shivanand, was in touch with arrested Delhi-based hawala operator Kawalnayan Pathreja. However, investigations have now revealed that Wakas Shaikh, one of the planters in the case, was also in touch with Pathreja. “We had seized two broken mobile phones and two pocket diaries from Pathreja’s residence, but one of the diaries contained a page of the month of July wherein the name of Wakas Shaikh was written by Pathreja. This means Wakas was in touch with him and some dealing had taken place in the month of July between them,” said the officer.

    Further, Investigations revealed that suspected Pakistani bomber Waqqas (Wakas Shaikh) had helped his co-accused steal two Activa scooters from Grant Road and V P Road areas a day before the explosions.

    Last week, the ATS arrested Naqi Ahmed and Nadeem Akhtar for stealing two bikes and two Activa scooters. In its chargesheet, the ATS said that Waqqas had accompanied Ahmed and Akhtar when they went to steal the vehicles.

    According to sources, Waqqas had joined a gym in Byculla and went there regularly to work out. "He stayed in a rented room in Habib Mansion in Byculla for almost nine months with the other suspected Pakistani bomber, Tabrez. Waqqas also participated in assembling of the bomb in the rented room. On the day of the blasts, Waqqas and Tabrez went to Opera House on one of the stolen scooters around 1.30pm and the former planted the bomb there near a hawker. The bomb was not fitted into this scooter," said a source.

  • June 2: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has ordered an inquiry into lapses in security of three judges who delivered the verdict on the title suite of the Babri Masjid, Ayodhya, in September 2010. The court has also directed the Central government and governments of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Uttrakhand to take immediate steps to provide adequate security to the judges. The three judges who delivered the Ayodhya verdict are Justice Sudhir Agarwal, Justice SU Khan and Justice DV Sharma.

    The court issued order after UP ATS informed court that activists associated with the SIMI may attack the three Judges. In the statement submitted before the court by Rajiv Sabarwal, DIG, ATS, submitted that during the course of investigation, even in the months of March and April, 2012, it was found that the judges who decided Ram Janam Bhoomi case are still under continuous threat and the SIMI activists are in process to constitute a fresh module to assault the Judges. The statement given by Sabarwal also revealed that imminent threat to the life of the judges.

  • May 31: The Interpol issued a red-corner notice, an international arrest warrant, against Fasih Mehmood (28), an engineer from Bihar who is wanted for his alleged involvement in the Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts in Karnataka and the explosion outside Jamia Masjid in Delhi, in 2010.

    Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram denied reports that Mehmood had been detained by Indian intelligence agencies and said such media reports were "completely wrong".

  • May 28: Terror suspects and IM operatives Naquee Ahmed and Nadeem Shaikh were arrested for stealing two motorcycles from VP Road and Dongri areas of Mumbai days before the 13/7 bomb blasts.

    A magisterial court in Pune (Maharashtra), granted permission to the state ATS to conduct an identification parade of IM operative Qateel Siddiqui (27) of Bihar. Siddiqui has been accused for attempting to plant a bomb near the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati temple in Pune on February 13, 2010.

    Madhya Pradesh ATS has issued notices to five major telecom companies asking "why they should not be charged under sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for providing SIM cards to the suspected terrorists without proper verification process.

    Credible information available with Indian intelligence agencies suggests that Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, has directed the IM to launch a fresh spate of high value terror attacks in the country.

    Intelligence inputs also suggest that the ISI is using Bhatkal brothers, Riyaz and Iqbal, who in turn have directed Yaseen Bhatkal, the India chief of IM, to carry out this operation.

    Mohammed Kafeel Ansari, suspected to be the close associate of elusive IM 'chief' Yasin Bhatkal and also the accused in 13/7 serial blasts case, was remanded in Maharashtra ATS custody till June 8 by a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in Mumbai.

    Judicial magistrate first class A.G. Santani, granted permission to Maharashtra ATS to conceal names of witnesses in the case in which IM operative Qateel Siddiqui (27) of Bihar was arrested for allegedly making a bid to plant a bomb near the Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple in Pune on February 13, 2010.

  • May 28: Among the 641 witnesses listed by the ATS in the July 13, 2011 (13/7) Mumbai (Maharashtra) triple blasts case chargesheet, at least eight men who were working in the Sakhli Street Byculla workshop of accused Naquee Ahmed's brother Rafi Ahmed at that time claim to have spotted the two accused, Naquee and Nadeem Akhtar, meet and interact with one Imran and two others in February 2011. The Police believe that Imran is an alias used by the main conspirator of the blasts, Indian Mujahideen (IM) leader, Yasin Bhatkal.

    Another witness included in the chargesheet is a key maker who allegedly made duplicate keys for two bikes. The ATS has said that of the four bikes stolen by Naquee and Nadeem, two were used to plant bombs at Opera House and Zaveri Bazaar. The police have recovered the duplicate keys. In his statement, the key maker said that two young men came to his shop in the first week of July 2011 and one of them asked him to make duplicate keys on urgent basis for a Honda Activa and a Unicorn Motorbike.

  • May 27: The link between underworld and IM has surfaced with Maharashtra ATS naming Dubai-based Muzaffar Kola, an associate of jailed 1993 serial blasts accused Mustaffa Dossa, as a wanted accused in 13/7 blasts case.

    ATS sources said, "Kola has been associated with Dossa and his absconding brother Mohammed Dossa. On Kola's instructions, hawala [illegal money transfer] operator Kanwar Pathrija (arrested in the 13/7 blasts case) allegedly handed over Rs. ten lakh [INR 1 million] to one Shivanand, who later turned out to be Yasin Bhatkal". "With this link, we now cannot rule out underworld help in this terror attack," the source added.

  • May 25: The chargesheet filed by the ATS before a special Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act Court on May 25, states that the serial bombings that hit Mumbai (Maharashtra) on July 13, 2012 (13/7) were planned and coordinated by IM leaders from Pakistan.

    The nearly 4,800-pages-long document names at least 10 accused and says that the objectives behind the bombings at Opera House, Zaveri Bazar and Dadar were to "create instability in the state" and to "weaken the country's economy".

    The chargesheet says that "the entire criminal conspiracy was hatched by Riyaz Bhatkal and Yasin Bhatkal of IM. The banned terrorist group, it adds, was created by Pakistani spy agency ISI "to spread terror in this country". Riyaz and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal "operate from Pakistan with the help of their associates based in India by imparting instructions to them" via electronic means through Yasin. Riyaz and Yasin are two of the wanted accused named in the chargesheet. Among the remaining wanted accused are two suspected Pakistani nationals identified as Waqqas Ibrahim Shaikh and Danish alias Tabrez, Shaikh Mohammadd Tahsin Akhtar, currently believed to be on the run in Andhra Pradesh; and an Indian-born hawala operator based in Dubai named Muzzafar Kola.

    Apart from the above mentioned named, the 10 names in the chargesheet also include Naquee Ahmed, Nadeem Shaikh, Kanwar Pathrija and Haroon Naik who are facing trial under the stringent Maharashtra MCOCA, the IPC and other laws.

    India and Pakistan pledged to fight terrorism together, calling it "a continuing threat to peace and security". The Indian side had also demanded the handing over of fugitives allegedly sheltering in Pakistan, including terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and several IM leaders.

  • May 23: A 324-page chargesheet has been filed in a Delhi court, listing IM's plans in India. The chargsheet have been filed against 11 IM operatives- Mohammad Irshad Khan, Asadullah Rehman, Mohammad Adil, Bashir Hasan, Abdul Rehman, Mohammad Kafil, Mohammad Qateel Siddiqui, Gauhar Aziz Khomani, Gayur Ahmed Jamali, Mohammad Aftab Alam and Tariq Anjum Hasan.

    The chargesheet mentions that IM leaders Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Amir Reza Khan (based in Karachi, Pakistan) came to Delhi after the 2008 Batla House encounter and held a meeting in Shaheen Bagh with its operatives, including the India chief of the group, Ahmad Zarar Siddi Bappa alias Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh. The meeting took up the revival strategy for the organization.

    The first objective states, "the aim of their tanzeem (group/organization) is to carry out bomb blasts and shootouts in India to take revenge against the atrocities being meted out to the Muslim communities by the kafirs and spread the message of jihad". The second objective "of tanzeem is to implement the Islamic law in India" and, lastly, it wants "to weaken the Indian economy by way of circulation of fake currency and discouraging foreign investment through violence".

    Police claim the Shaheen Bagh meeting was held at Tarique's house. Following the meeting, IM operatives opened the Meer Vihar (Delhi) arms factory on the premises of Irshad Khan on the direction of absconding Yasin Bhatkal, the IM chief in India.

  • May 21: IM operative, Mohammad Qateel Mohammad Jafir Siddiqui, has reportedly revealed information about the hideouts in Bihar where IM 'operational head' Yasin Bhatkal and he used to go after committing crimes.

    Police have claimed to have stumbled on to a hawala network which the IM had used to park money in India and carry its 2010 terror attacks.

  • May 17: The District court in Bhopal has framed charges against four alleged cadre of SIMI for indulging in anti-national activities.

    Police is suspecting that Faseeh Mahmood was the treasurer of IM and was responsible for wiring money into bank accounts in India. He also used to spot potential operatives and remunerate them according to their capability.

  • May 16: IM operative Mohammed Tariq Anjum reportedly told interrogators that the IM had carried out the twin bombings in the city to avenge the May 18, 2007, Mecca Masjid bomb explosion. Sources said that Anjum has given some vital leads about 'most wanted' IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal.

    Investigators believe that Faseeh Mehmood, an engineer from Bihar who was arrested by the Saudi Arabian Police, is the IM's original link to Bihar.

  • May 14: Shakeel, a suspected IM militant, allegedly involved in motivating youth to join the outfit, was arrested by the Delhi Police near Lucknow.

  • May 13: IM operative Faseeh Mehmood, an engineer from Bihar who was arrested by the Saudi Arabian Police in Dammam.

    Investigations into the arrest of Pune time-bomb planter, IM operative, Qateel Siddqiui, revealed that he had shared a cab with three other persons while travelling to Mumbai from Pune with the bomb.

  • May 11: Maharashtra ATS has claimed that alleged IM operative Mohammed Qateel Mohammed Jafar Siddiqui has confessed that he conducted a recce of the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple in Pune and showed the places he visited, and the spot where he unsuccessfully tried to place a bomb.

    Judicial Magistrate (first class) S.S. Bose granted Police custody to Siddiqui till May 21.

    ATS told a magistrate court that they have identified the flower vendor at Dagdusheth Ganpati temple who refused Siddiqui to keep the bag carrying bomb on the day of German Bakery bomb blast.

  • May 10: Mohammad Khafeel Akhtar alias Khafeel, the suspected IM operative has been remanded in Police custody till May 22.

  • May 9: Maharashtra ATS officers found out that Yasin Bhatkal, who heads IM, invested INR 1.4 million in the under-construction Poonam Paradise in Nalla Sopara (east) of Thane District in Maharashtra in 2010.

  • May 8: NIA moved a trial court in Delhi seeking to interrogate six of the eight alleged IM suspects, arrested recently by Delhi Police in connection with the May 25, 2011, Delhi High Court blast.

  • May 6: ATS arrested a SIMI cadre, identified as Anwar Hussain (40), from Indore (Madhya Pradesh).

    Interrogation of the arrested 13/7 bomb blasts suspects has revealed that the two Pakistanis militants who are involved in the attacks along with IM militant, Yasin Bhatkal, had been using stolen cellphones to mislead the Police.

    A joint team of the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka Police arrested Kafeel Akhtar from Keoti in Darbhanga, in connection with the April 17, 2010, blasts outside Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium.

  • May 3: A Pune court granted eight days' Police custody to IM militant Mohammad Quateel alias Mohammad Jafir Siddiqui.

    NIA informed the tribunal handling matters related to the ban on SIMI that the outfit is still actively present in Kerala.

  • May 2: The Maharashtra ATS has found traces of RDX along with other explosives in a flat in Habib building at Byculla in Mumbai, where IM militants suspected to have been involved in the July 13, 2011 Mumbai blasts (also known as 13/7) stayed.

    Tiger Hanif, an associate of Dawood Ibrahim, wanted by Gujarat Police for a bomb attack on a train in 1993, and absconding in Britain, was ordered by the Westminster magistrates' court in London (UK) to be extradited to India.

    Commenting on the issue of delay in implementing the death sentence of 26/11 Mumbai (Maharashtra) attacks convict Ajmal Kasab, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, said in Parliament that Kasab needs a fair trial.

  • May 1 : Delhi court gave the ATS of Pune (Maharashtra) the custody remand of IM militant Mohammad Qateel Siddiqui (27) to interrogate him for his alleged role in the German Bakery bomb blast (February 13, 2010) in Pune.

    The court also allowed the plea of Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) ATS for a month's custodial remand of another IM militant, Mohammed Tariq Anjum (31). He is said to be a member of banned SIMI.

    Taqi Ahmed, a key suspect in the 13/7 serial blasts case, is believed to have told investigators that his first contact with IM militants happened at a cricket ground in Darbhanga in Bihar during a local match in the summer of 2009.

  • April 30: The MHA named Maharashtra based Khair-e-Ummat Trust as one of the fronts/pseudonymous organisations of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). The MHA's "background note on the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI)," mentions four more organisations as being SIMI 'fronts' at the national level Tahreek-e-Ehyaa-e-Ummat (TEU), Tehreek-Talaba-e-Arabia (TTA), Tahrik Tahaffuz-e-Shaaire Islam (TTSI) and Wahdat-e-Islami. The MHA has not banned these groups.

  • April 29: Kerala Government wants the ban on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) to continue in the context of its continued presence in the State despite the ban. The report prepared by the Internal Security Wing to be submitted to the tribunal handling matters related with SIMI, headed by Justice V.K. Shali, says that though the Police had not come across incidents of secret meetings or training camps as had happened before 2008, several raids had yielded pamphlets and other materials.

    State Power Minister Aryadan Muhammad, said that operatives of extremist organisations had been infiltrating into certain mainstream political parties. "These are very dangerous organisations," he said. He further commented, "I can name these organisations. They are the NDF (presently Popular Front of India), SDPI… then SIMI… Most of these organisations come under the Jama'at-e-Islami," he added.

    According to intelligence agencies, the preliminary plans of most of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terror attacks carried out in Indian cities in 2008 were prepared at the SIMI camp held at Panayikkulam near Kochi (Kerala) on August 15, 2006. SIMI had also held a training camp at Vagamon hill resorts in Idukki District in December 2007 in preparation for terror strikes.

  • April 28: A joint Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) team comprising of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh Police arrested a Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadre, identified as Anwar Hazi (40), in Indore Anwar was a close associate of Abrar, who is in custody in Aurangabad (Maharashtra), the Police said.

  • April 2: Three suspected activists of SIMI, identified as Abu Faisal alias Doctor, local module chief, Ejajuddin and Ikrar Sheikh alias Guddu, were presented for identification by Bhopal Police at an Indore Court in Madhya Pradesh in connection with their arrest in 2006 at hotel Vaadi in Chhoti Gwaltoli Police Station area.

    Pune Police has served notices on cadres of the SIMI in Maharashtra, following a notification issued by the UAPA at New Delhi declaring SIMI as an unlawful association.

  • March 30: Maharashtra Home Minister R. R. Patil told the State Assembly that IM terrorists had conducted a trial run at the Shrimant Dagadusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple in Pune three days prior to the German Bakery blast (February 13, 2010).

  • March 27: An IM operative from the Bihar module, Assadullah Rehman alias Dilkash was arrested from his Karawal Nagar hideout in northeast Delhi. Dilkash had recently come to the city to re-establish the IM base and plot terror attacks.

    Maharashtra ATS arrested two suspected SIMI cadres from Chikhli area of Buldhana District. The ATS team arrested Akil Ahmad Mohm Yusuf Khilji and Mohd Zafar Hussain, both residents of Khandwa, MP.

    The terror module was attempting to set up bases in Aurangabad, Jalna and Buldhana Districts of Maharashtra and recruit people in the State. They were also planning to assassinate some prominent Hindu leaders in Maharashtra.

    The arrest of 2008 Ahmadabad serial blasts accused Mohammad Abrar Babu Khan by ATS on March 26 is being viewed as a significant development by Central intelligence agencies with officials claiming that the dreaded terrorist was controlling the entire network of IM and banned SIMI in western and central India.

  • March 26: A suspected SIMI cadre was killed while two of his accomplices - one of whom is said to be involved in the July 26, 2008, serial blasts in Ahmadabad - were arrested after a gun battle with the ATS in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The slain suspect has been identified as Khalil Akhil Khilji while those arrested are Abrar Babukhan alias Munna and Mohammad Shaker Hussain.

  • March 23: Maharashtra ATS claimed to have information on two persons suspected to have played a role in the triple blasts in Mumbai on July 13 last year. The two suspects were identified around the second week of March.

  • March 22: Maharashtra ATS told the court that one of the four arrested - Nadeem Shaikh - for 13/7 blasts had confessed and that his statement has been recorded before a magistrate. The four arrested - Naquee Ahmed, Nadeem Shaikh, Kanwar Pathrija and Haroon Naik - were produced before the Mazgaon metropolitan court and sent to judicial custody till April 4.

    A joint team comprising personnel from the ATS, Bangalore, and Delhi Special Police searched Bhatkal town (Karnataka) to identify the house which is presumably laden with huge quantities of explosive material including RDX, with help from four terror suspects. The explosives from the Bhatkal dump are believed to have been used in the blasts at Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2010 and the Delhi High Court blast in September last year, besides several other strikes across the country carried by IM.

  • March 14: SIMI leader Habib Falahi was produced before NIA Special Court in Kochi and was included as accused 32 in the Wagamon SIMI training camp case. After ascertaining the role of Habib Falahi, NIA is now on the lookout for another Uttar Pradesh-based SIMI leader Fariz who attended this camp.

  • March 9: Two militants of IM, Haroon Naik and hawala operator Kanwar Nain Wazeer Chand Patrija who were behind bars for Opera House (Mumbai) blast (13/7) case were remanded in ATS custody by a local court in connection with the Dadar explosion that took place on the same day.

  • March 7: Andhra Pradesh State Intelligence Officials claimed that several members of the banned SIMI have joined PFI and that it was this controversial organization that was behind some recent communal disturbances in the state of Andhra Pradesh including 2011 Adoni riots.

  • March 6: Delhi Police revealed it has identified four more militants of Indian Mujahideen (IM) who are currently hiding in Bihar.

  • March 2: Mazgaon Court in Mumbai extended the Police custody of Haroon Naik and Kanwal Nain Patrija, alleged operatives of IM, arrested for their role in the 13/7 bomb blasts, till 9th March.

    Kerala Government submitted before the Kerala High Court that Susan Nathan- a British-born Jewish writer- has close connections with some extremists in the State, including the SIMI and NDF and should be deported.

  • February 26: NIA claimed to have got some leads to suggest that the low intensity blast outside Delhi High Court on May 25, 2011 was a handiwork of the banned terror outfit IM.

  • February 24: Arrested IM militant Mohammad Kafeel Ahmed has disclosed that he was one of the main conspirators behind the blasts orchestrated by IM's boss in India, Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh. Kafeel also gave information about more active IM members in Bihar.

    Maharashtra ATS, which is probing the July 13 Mumbai triple blasts case obtained the custody of Haroon Naik and Kanwar Pathrija till March 2 in connection with the blast at Zaveri Bazaar.

  • February 23: Interrogation of IM militant Mohammed Kafeel Ahmed has confirmed that the vast network of banned outfit SIMI is now being used by IM.

  • February 22: Arrested IM man Mohd. Kafeel Ahmed was brought to Delhi and produced in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Tees Hazari court. Kafeel was a close aide of Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh and a chief recruiter for IM.

    A Delhi court, remanded four of the nine IM members, arrested for their suspected roles in various terror cases across the country, to the Karnataka Police custody to ascertain their roles in the April 2010 Chinnaswami Stadium blast case.

    Former national chief of SIMI, Muneer Deshmukh, who was arrested in Bhopal in November 2010 and is on bail since July 14 last year, is suspected to have stashed US Dollars 50,000 in US accounts.

  • February 21: A top IM militant (organization ideologue) Mohammad Kafeel Ahmed was arrested from Darbhanga in Bihar by the Delhi Police. He was a messenger and also the main recruiter for the IM.

  • February 10: Investigating agencies are probing the role of IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh's role in the 2010 blast at the Dasashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.

  • February 7: ATS has found out that Haroon Naik, arrested on February 1 for 13/7 Mumbai blasts, had met LeT operations chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and was present at an "inspirational" lecture by slain al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan just a month before the 9/11 attack.

    IM ideologue Talha Abdali alias Bashir Hasan alias Israr and popularly known as Masterji among its cadres, was a close associate of Safdar Nagori ,during interrogation has revealed that he had been associated with militant outfits for a long time and knew about the blasts carried out by IM since 2007.

  • February 5: Delhi Police's special team investigating the IM terror cell arrested a key ideologue and founding member of the group, identified as Talha Abdali alias Israr, from Barabanki.

  • February 3: An alleged founding member of IM, Mohammad Tariq Anjuman Ehsan, was arrested by the Delhi Police at Nalanda. According to Police sources, Tariq (31) is an IM ideologue and is suspected of being involved in a number of blasts, including Jama Masjid in Delhi.

  • February 2: One more accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts has been taken into custody. Saleem (30) is a close associate of Tadiyandavide Nasir and stayed in Kannur, Kerala. Nasir is the prime accused in the nine blasts that killed a woman and injured many in July 2008. He is also the South Indian commander of the IM.

    The Union Government has decided to continue the ban imposed on SIMI. The ban has been extended in light of SIMI's alleged links with certain Pakistan-based terrorist outfits including LeT and its front, Indian Mujahideen.

  • February 1: Haroon Rashid Naik (33), a Mumbra (a Mumbai suburb) resident, was arrested by the ATS in the 13/7 triple blasts case. He is the fourth man to be arrested in the case for facilitating the hawala racket from where Mumbai blasts were funded.

  • January 31: Maharashtra ATS and Delhi Police's Special Cell have arrested a Delhi-based hawala operator, Kanwar Nain Pathrija, in Delhi for arranging funds for the 13/7 Mumbai blasts.

  • January 29: Habib alias Habibfalahi Shaikh (25), an accused in the 2008 Ahmedabad bomb blast and Surat bomb planting cases, was arrested by the Ahmadabad city Police.

    The NIA informed that Muhammed Shameer, a native of Kannur in Kerala, who was arrested in Delhi, in connection with the 2008 Bangalore Blast case, on January 25 was a vital link for the inflow of money for terrorist purposes.

    The NIA has undertaken two major FICNs cases in the State, after some Pakistan links were established in both the cases.

  • January 26: New Delhi airport immigration officials have arrested a terror suspect linked to the July 25, 2008 Bangalore (Karnataka) blasts as he was trying to fly out of the country.

    A Police source said Sameer is the 24th accused arrested in the Bangalore serial blasts.

    prior to executing the 13/7 blasts in Mumbai, IM operatives Yasin Bhatkal and Riyaz Bhatkal bargained extensively on the amount to be spent to execute the terror attack. Though Yasin demanded INR 1.7 million to bomb three places in Mumbai, he was paid only INR 1.2 million by IM leaders, investigations have revealed.

    Maharashtra ATS revealed that the hawala money to fund the attacks was routed through UAE.

  • January 24: Maharashtra ATS chief Rakesh Maria said that the IM first recruited youths from Cheetah Camp in Trombay (Maharashtra), then Kondwa in Pune (Maharashtra), then Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and now Darbhanga in Bihar.

    The investigations into the bogus SIM cards racket led the Police to the accused in the July 13, 2011 Mumbai triple blast case (also known as 13/7).

    The ATS recovered 400 documents provided by Tikole through which prepaid SIM cards were bought by the IM module members.

    Eight persons have been arrested by the ATS in the 13/7 case so far.

    Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh said that Bihar man held by the Maharashtra Police on the charge of playing a key role in organising the 13/7 attack was a Delhi Police and Intelligence Bureau informant.

    As reported earlier, the Maharashtra ATS has said it has held three men involved in planning and executing the 13/7 attack - one of them a witness, who had cooperated with the Delhi Police and the IB in the search for two Pakistani nationals who allegedly planted the explosive devices.

  • January 23: Maharashtra ATS claimed to have made a major breakthrough in the triple Mumbai blasts July 13, 2011 that claimed 27 lives, with the arrest of two of the accused hailing from Bihar.

    Yasin Bhatkal, the mastermind of the 13/7 Mumbai blasts, might have succeeded in evading the Police, but he remains in India, officials of the Maharashtra.

  • January 19: Investigators probing the IM Bihar module, part of which was busted by the special team of Delhi Police in 2011, has found that the chief of IM operations in India, Yasin, had been making frequent trips to several areas of Bihar towards the beginning of this decade for recruitment to the terror cause.

    Sources have also confirmed that at least two members of the present module were present near L-11, Batla House, the encounter site on September 13, 2008, though till then they had no knowledge of the exact role played by the Azamgarh module. "We believe that these men were not part of any bombings prior to 2010, but we have evidence which suggest that they assembled as early as December 2008 and decided to take forward the IM agenda,'' said a source.

    Investigators had believed that the Bihar module had only become active after the Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh) module, operating under Atif Ameen, was busted in the Batla House encounter in September 2008.

    Counter-terrorism agencies have narrowed down on the terror-financing module that is operating out of New Delhi, and is believed to have aided IM operatives in executing the July 13 triple blasts in Mumbai and the Delhi blast.

    Police officials revealed that during their stay at Habib Mansion, right behind the Byculla Police Station, IM operative Yasin Bhatkal and Pakistanis Tabrez and Bakas had reconnoitered several vital installations in the city.

  • January 16: three men who planned and executed serial blasts in Mumbai and Delhi High Court blast in 2011, were holed up in an apartment in Byculla, not more than 15 minutes' walk from the Anti-Terrorist Squad's Nagpada headquarters, till just a few weeks ago.

  • January 15: IM militants Salman alias Chotu and Shahzad Ahmed alias Pappu have allegedly confessed to the Bangalore Police that they had got explosives for the 2008 Delhi serial blasts from Udupi, a coastal town in Karnataka.

    In their confessional statement, they allegedly told the Bangalore anti-terrorism cell that their associates Mohammed Saif (now in jail) and Khalid (absconding) went to Udupi on August 31, 2008, and brought the explosives to Delhi on September 3, 2008. The Delhi blasts took place on September1 3, 2008.

  • January 6: There is fresh input that the IM in alliance with the ISI, is likely to carry out attacks like 13/7 in Mumbai. BARC, DRDO organizations, defence establishments like Mazgoan dock, naval dockyard, ONGC at Uran plant, economic institutions, aviation sector, oil and power sectors etc are vulnerable, the inputs states.

    As opposed to 18 people, a majority of whom belonged to banned outfits were arrested in 2010, 25 full-blown terrorists were arrested in 2011. A special team of Delhi Police scanned the length and breadth of the country to bring the IM to its knees in a blitzkrieg operation.

  • January 2: Four IM operatives recently arrested by Delhi Police have reportedly confessed that three of them were involved in planting bombs at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore during an IPL match in 2010. An unnamed senior Police official of the anti-terrorist cell said Mohammed Qateel Siddiqui (27), Ghayur Ahmed Jamali (21) and Aftab Alam Farooq (27) planted bombs on April 18, 2010.

    Investigators have said that the IM module led by Yasin Bhatkal may have also been involved in the serial blasts in Mumbai on July 13, 2011. Mohammed Ahmed Sidibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh, who led the IM module, may have been in Mumbai during the blasts, investigators believe.

    As reported earlier, in a nationwide investigation, Police Forces, supported by intelligence agencies, had arrested seven IM members. Yasin managed to escape.

    The Ahmadabad city crime branch officials believe that Habib Phalai alias Taiyab, arrested in Uttar Pradesh on December 28 in the Ahmadabad serial blasts case, may be connected to the other accused from Azamgarh involved in various serial blasts across India.


  • December 28: The UP ATS in coordination with Ahmadabad Crime branch team arrested an alleged SIMI operative wanted in 2008 Ahmadabad blast case.

  • December 25: Ahmad Siddi Bappa alias Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh, is recruiting youths for IM, motivating them on religious grounds and also cash incentives, according to a report.

  • December 21 :December Government gave its sanction to the NIA to charge sheet nine persons, including two serving ISI officers, Major Iqbal and Major Samir Ali, Pakistani-American LeT operative David Coleman Headley, LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, al Qaida operative Ilyas Kashmiri, for plotting terror strikes in India, including the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

    Delhi Police told a Delhi court that six of the seven IM operatives arrested in November have confessed about their involvement in the September 2010 blast near Jama Masjid. The police made this submission to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav while seeking extension of their custody for further interrogation to gather evidence of their involvement in the blast.

  • December 20: the Centre said a terror module busted in Delhi recently had links with Pakistan-based terrorist group LeT. This IM module was suspected to be involved in February 13, 2010 Pune German bakery blast (in Maharashtra), blast in Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore (in Karnataka) on April 17, 2010 and shoot out at the Jama Masjid (New Delhi) on September 19, 2010.

    Union Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh said, "factory manufacturing arms and ammunition being run by the IM in New Delhi was unearthed recently". However, he did not specify the details about where the factory was located in the national capital.

    The Centre said a terror module busted in Delhi recently had links with the LeT.

  • December 18: Police have intensified the hunt for IM sleeper cells in Tumkur District of Karnataka after revelations of the arrested IM operatives in Delhi (Mohammed Qateel Siddiqi, Gayur Ahmed Jamali and Farooq) that those involved in the April 17, 2010 Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts in Bangaluru had taken shelter in Tumkur. Police sources in addition said that IM had executed the terror attack with the help of locals and students.

  • December 15: A Delhi Court extended the Police custody of seven suspected IM militants who have been arrested for their alleged role in blasts across the country by six days. The seven arrested accused are Mohammed Qatil Siddqui, Gohar Aziz Khumani, Mohammed Adil, Abdur Rehman, Mohammed Irshad, Gayur Ahmed Jamali and Aftab Alam.

  • December 14: It has also been revealed that chief of IM, Siddi Bappa alias Shahrukh, had instructed all module members to use different SIM cards for calling each other and he himself carried several phones with different connections.

  • December 9: Unearthing more anti-national links by the SIMI operatives, the NIA has zeroed in on the plans by an accused in the Vagamon SIMI camp case with other anti-national activities. Danish Riyaz, an operative of the IM and SIMI operative who is also the 34th accused in the Vagamon SIMI camp case, has been involved in a conspiracy to attack the judges of the Allahabad High Court who pronounced the verdict in the Ayodhya case.

    Interrogation of six suspected IM operatives, arrested recently for their alleged role in various terror attacks across India, reveals that Pune's [Maharashtra] famous Dagdusheth Halwai was also on their radar. It is also revealed that the agenda of the refurbished Indian Mujahideen is targetting religious places, voicing the concerns of Pakistan and large-scale destruction.

  • December 8: investigating agencies have learnt from the arrested IM militants that the terrorists had been converting the Udupi town, so far known for its religious places, into a hub of explosives manufacture.

    A Delhi court remanded suspected IM operative, Aftab Alam alias Farooq, a Pakistai, arrested from Bihar on December 6 for his alleged role in various blasts across the country, to seven days' police custody. The police sought his custody, saying he needs to be thoroughly interrogated to track his terror network and arrest his other accomplices.

  • December 5: IB personnel and Bihar Police arrested a suspected IM terrorist of the module led by Yasin Bhatkal alias Ahmed Siddi Bappa alias Imran from Purnia in Bihar. Radicalised in Salafi mosques of north Bihar, Farooq along with Bhatkal, Mohammed Qateel Siddiqui and Gayur Ahmad Jamal were the four persons directly involved in 2010 Chinnaswamy stadium bombing in Bangalore. While Farooq and Bhatkal planned the bombing in Tumkur in Karnataka, Siddiqui and Jamal joined them from Delhi and Bihar via Mumbai to strike on the cricket ground.

    Delhi Police sources are saying that there are at least four more modules each armed with a plan to wreak havoc in an Indian metro.

    Delhi Police produced all six suspected IM cadres - Mohammed Qateel Siddiqui, Gauhar Aziz Khomani, Gayur Ahmed Jamali, Mohammed Adil alias Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, and Mohammed Irshad Khan - in court, from where they were remanded to 10 more days' Police custody.

  • December 1: A project, codenamed 'Karachi Project', undertaken by the Pakistani spy agency, ISI to spread terror in India using local recruits through LeT network will soon find its place in the charge sheet to be filed by the NIA against American-Pakistani terrorist David Coleman Headley and his accomplices, including Pakistani serving and retired Army officials, in the Mumbai terror attack case (November 26, 2008, aka 26/11).

  • November 30: Delhi Police investigators announced the neutralization of a terrorist cell that they claimed was responsible for a string of nationwide attacks in the year 2010.

  • July 22: Indian security agencies believe that the mastermind of the recent Mumbai blast (July 13, 2011), Abdullah Khan of the IM is hiding in Bangladesh.

  • July 18: Investigations into the Mumbai serial blasts (July 13, 2011) were focusing heavily on suspects in Gujarat, with the Maharashtra ATS reportedly getting major leads pointing to the involvement of the IM.

  • July 16: On being alerted by the Intelligence Bureau, the Bihar Police conducted raids at Barchaundhi village under Mahuakhali Police station in Kisanganj District and arrested a suspected cadre of the militant outfit HuJI Times of India, however, reported that the two arrestees had links with SIMI.

  • July 5: NIA is exploring the possibility of taking over investigations into the murder of two college students in Karnataka (between June 8-12) following the alleged involvement of members of an organisation known as the Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD), considered to be a new front of the SIMI, in the crime.

  • June 25: Madhya Pradesh Police arrested a former cadre of the SIMI at the Cochin International Airport in Kochi town of Kerala.

  • June 13: Police arrested 10 cadres of the banned SIMI from a house in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh.

  • June 8: According to highly placed sources in the Indian intelligence agencies, the SIMI and the CPI-Maoist have recently conducted a secret meeting in Kottayam District of Kerala.

  • June 5: The Madhya Pradesh ATS arrested eight suspected militants belonging to the Indian Mujahideen (IM) and the banned outfit SIMI in Bhopal.

  • February 25: A local court in Mumbai granted four days' transit remand to Mohammed Asad Siddiqui, a SIMI cadre and an accused in the August 14, 2000 Kanpur blast case, arrested in a joint operation by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Uttar Pradesh ATS in Mumbai. "He is one of the nine accused in the Kanpur blast. One Kashmiri accused is under arrest, another died in an encounter a few years ago. Siddiqui was around 15 when he committed the crime. He has been on the run since then. There was an award of Rs. 15,000 declared on him. The court granted his transit custody till March 2," said an Uttar Pradesh ATS official. He said that Siddiqui was staying under an assumed name in the Nalasopara area of Mumbai and ran a web-designing shop. "He is an active member of SIMI," the official said.


  • December 30: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet against 18 cadres of the banned outfit SIMI, in a Kerala court for allegedly conspiring to advocate, incite and abet unlawful activities for secession of Kashmir from India.

  • December 14: The Centre prepared a list of 31 absconding terror suspects, including 19 from the Indian Mujahideen (IM), and asked all the States and Union Territories to locate and arrest them. The suspects at large also include 12 members of an outfit called Jam-I-yyathul Ansarul Muslimeen (JIAM), which is suspected to be a joint front of LeT and SIMI.

  • December 13: Slain Mumbai Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare was on the hit list of the Islamist militant outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM).

    Cadres of banned outfit SIMI are fast regrouping under the banner of Popular Front of India (PFI), an outfit which has expanded its tentacles to north after carrying out initial recruitment in South India.

    Forensic experts probing the Varanasi blast case suggested the possibility of use of plastic explosives in the terror attack, Although the experts are yet to identify the composition of the explosive, a study of the blast site suggest the possibility of a PETN (pentaerythritol trinitrate combined with nitroglycerin) being used.

  • December 8: The Mumbai Police said that it suspected that Bhatkal brothers, Riaz and Iqbal, founders of IM, masterminded the explosion in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on December 7. Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal also said that the blast was planned in Pakistan which sheltered the suspected militants.

  • December 7: A powerful bomb blast in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh killed a two-year-old girl and injured 35 others. The explosion took place at around 7pm (IST) at the Shitla Ghat (steps on the sides of the river Ganges) when ‘Ganga Aarti'(an evening religious ritual on the river side) was under way. The Indian Mujahideen (IM) reportedly claimed responsibility for the explosion.

  • September 23: Investigations into the email sent by the Indian Mujahideen (IM) hours after the Jama Masjid firing incident in Delhi on September 18 have revealed that a second-hand Nokia mobile handset purchased from a shop in Dongri in south Mumbai was used to send the threat mail. However, the shopkeeper has no records of the person who bought the handset. Investigators believe that the terrorist bought a second-hand mobile to reduce the chances of getting traced.

  • September 21: Mumbai Police detained two persons in connection with the bomb blast outside the Jama Masjid (Mosque) in Delhi. Also, the e-mail purportedly sent by the Indian Mujahideen outfit was traced to Borivali in Mumbai.

  • September 20: Two persons have been detained by the Delhi Police Special Cell for questioning in connection with the attack on foreign nationals in the Walled City of Delhi. According to sources, the suspects were picked up from Northeast Delhi after their antecedents raised suspicion. Preliminary investigations into the attack on the Taiwanese nationals and the fire in a car parked near the area Police station indicated to the involvement of local elements. Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal said that the attack on foreign nationals and the subsequent low-intensity explosion in the car are being investigated from all possible angles. He also said that while separate cases have been registered in connection with the two incidents, circumstantial evidence has indicated that they are linked. The Police also plan to send teams to various parts of western Uttar Pradesh in the lookout for leads.

    Police have reportedly found that the e-mail, purportedly sent by the Indian Mujahideen outfit to an international news broadcaster a few hours after the attack, was sent from Mumbai. The authenticity of the e-mail''s contents and its source is being verified.

  • September 7: A Special tribunal headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna of Delhi High Court retained the ban on the SIMI. The decision came after the tribunal’s countrywide probe into the alleged affairs of SIMI. It has been reported that five e-mails, including one threatening e-mail addressed to Times of India on August 23, 2008 by the militant outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) regarding explosions in Gujarat, were treated as clinching evidences in the investigations

  • August 4: A one-member Tribunal, headed by Delhi High Court Judge Sanjiv Khanna, confirmed the extension of the ban on the SIMI for two more years. The Union Home Ministry had extended the ban on the outfit for the same period in February. SIMI has been banned since 2001.With the confirmation of the extension of the ban, the outfit will remain banned till February 7, 2012.

  • July 26: A Special Operations Group (SOG) team in Vadodra in Gujarat arrested a SIMI cadre for his involvement in three-year-old incident when a group of protestors had displayed posters of al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in Mandvi area.

  • July 21: Intelligence reports indicates that Pakistan’s ISI has renewed efforts to set up new sleeper cells in Gujarat and elsewhere in the country. For the last six months, the ISI has been trying to create new sleeper cells in the State to replace those of the SIMI that were neutralised by the Gujarat Police. Sources in the State intelligence said SIMI’s sleeper cells had provided key support to the terrorists who had carried out the bomb blasts in Ahmedabad in 2008. Though Simi is now banned, investigation into the activities of its suspected members has continued. The Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), Ahmedabad Police, recently arrested three persons suspected of planning bomb blasts in the city.

  • July 19: A local court sent arrested SIMI cadre, identified as Fakraan alias Farkat alias Arshad Jamal, to Crime Branch’s custody for eight days, reports Indian Express.

  • July 17-18: Ahmedabad city crime branch officials arrested a 36-year-old man identified as Farkat Jamal alias Arshad, who had allegedly supplied illegal firearm to arrested Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadres Hasseb Raza Saiyad, said crime branch officials. Arshad was arrested by a team of Ahmedabad city crime branch officials, in a joint operation with Bihar Police, from Chhapra District.

  • July 17: Ahmedabad city crime branch officials arrested a 36-year-old man identified as Farkat Jamal alias Arshad, who had allegedly supplied illegal firearm to arrested SIMI cadres Hasseb Raza Saiyad, said crime branch officials, reports Times of India. Arshad was arrested by a team of Ahmedabad city crime branch officials, in a joint operation with Bihar Police, from Chhapra District. "We brought Arshad to Ahmedabad on Sunday [July 18]. His name had surfaced during Saiyad's questioning. Saiyad was found in possession of a country-made revolver and 17 cartridges. Arshad had supplied the weapon to him. We are probing his Guajrat footprint and connection with other SIMI members at the moment," said a senior crime branch official. According to investigators, Arshad is former state president of SIMI and was in proximity with a number of senior leaders and operatives. Earlier, officials had arrested Abu Fakir Siddiqi, 34, and Hasseb Raza Saiyad, 43, both residents of Faridabad Society, Jantanagar, Ramol, on July 11 when they were riding by on a bike.

  • July 14: The Delhi Police claimed before a court that the IM had allegedly carried out September 13, 2008 serial blasts in Delhi at the instance of its founder, now Pakistan-based Amir Raza Khan. The prosecutor claimed the Police had in its possession emails records, disclosure statements of accused, besides intelligence inputs, to establish links between LeT and HuJI with SIMI and IM.

    The Judge put off its order for two weeks on the application of the Bangalore Police seeking custody of two suspected IM militants Salman and Shahzad on the ground that the matter at the court in Delhi was at a crucial stage and handing over their custody would disrupt the proceedings. Bangalore Police wanted the custody of the duo to investigate their alleged role in connection with M. Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts in April 2010.

  • July 12: The Ahmedabad Police arrested two alleged cadres of the SIMI, identified as Hasibraza alias Samim Firdosarza Saiyed (34) and Abufakir Abdulwali Abuali Siddique (43), at Prem Darwaza and claimed to have recovered an air gun, a country-made revolver and live cartridges from them.

  • June 24: An alleged absconding SIMI cadre identified as Khalid Naeem was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) of Madhya Pradesh Police from Bhopal.

  • June 4: The Union Government declared the Indian Mujahideen (IM), suspected to be a shadow outfit of the banned SIMI and Pakistan-based LeT, a terrorist outfit.

  • February 24: The SIMI and the IM have claimed responsibility for the Pune bomb blast, Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said.

  • February 5: The Union Government has extended the ban on the SIMI for another two years, beginning on February 8. The outfit has been facing a ban since September 2001. Sources in the MHA said that the ban on SIMI will now continue till February 7, 2012.


  • November 28: A motorcycle-borne youth suspected to be a SIMI cadre shot dead three persons, including one ATS personnel, in the Teen Pulia area of Khandwa District of Madhya Pradesh. The assailant first shot at ATS constable Sitaram Batham in the Teen Pulia area, city SP S. K. Nashine said.

  • November 3: Four cadres of the banned SIMI outfit were arrested near a graveyard in the Madra Tekri locality of Jabalpur by personnel of the Madhya Pradesh Police.  

    October 30: Seven persons were arrested from different parts of the Indore District in Madhya Pradesh over the last seven days and booked under section 188 of IPC on charges of providing shelter to five SIMI cadres, Police said. Referring to the activities of SIMI in the State, Director General of Police S. K. Rout told reporters that so far Police have arrested 13 top SIMI leaders and 63 suspected cadres of the group.

  • October 20: Five SIMI cadres were arrested from Indore city in Madhya Pradesh. Two of the arrested cadres, identified as Mohammad Shafiq and Mohammad Yunus, belonged to Ujjain District, and were wanted by the Police to stand trial for serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) on July 26, 2008.

  • October 6: Three SIMI cadres, including its former chief Imran Ansari, were sentenced to two-year rigorous imprisonment and fined INR 2000 each by a local court in Madhya Pradesh for spreading religious enmity. Besides Ansari, the sentence was also awarded to Afzal Abdul Rashid and Shahjad Abdul Rashid, the prosecution said.

  • July 21: Two militants of the proscribed SIMI, identified as Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Rehman and Abdul Ahad, were arrested from the Vidarbha region in Maharashtra, Police said. While Abdul Rehman was arrested from Mana village in Akola District on July 19, Abdul Ahad (68) was arrested in Amaravati District in the night of July 20. Earlier, the Police had arrested three more SIMI cadres when they were on their way after attending a meeting at Mana village in Mutizapur administrative division. "During the interrogation of the arrested accused, it was revealed that they wanted to come together on one platform. That's the reason why they held a meeting in Mana village," District Superintendent of Police, Pravin Padwal said.

  • July 20: The Maharashtra Police arrested four SIMI militants from Mana village in the Akola District. The cadres were arrested while trying to flee in an Indica car, before they were intercepted. After receiving an initial tip off from intelligence inputs, the Police neutralized a secret SIMI meeting, which was taking place with 35 cadres present at the meeting. However, the Police managed to arrest only four of them while the others managed to escape.

  • June 12: June 12: A militant of the outlawed SIMI, Abu Bashar, who was implicated by the Gujarat Police for the July 26, 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts, is reported to have confessed about the presence of training camps in the coastal areas.

  • February 27: Two suspected SIMI cadres, identified as Shibili and Hafeez Hussain, who were arrested for reportedly attending a secret training camp held by the outfit in 2007, were remanded to a 15-day judicial custody. About 40 cases were pending against the duo in various parts of the country, including in Gujarat, Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Malegaon in Maharashtra. Nearly 40 SIMI cadres had participated in the camp for about three days, the Police mentioned, adding that till date, ten cadres were arrested in this connection.

  • February 9: A SIMI cadre, identified as Amil Parvesh, a native of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, who was arrested by the Kerala Police from Indore in Madhya Pradesh in connection with his suspected role in the training camp of the outfit held in the Vagamon hills, was remanded by the Kanjirapally First Class Magistrate Court in Kottayam to 15 days Police custody.


  • December 27: A trial court in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh convicted nine cadres of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) to two years imprisonment and imposed a fine of INR 500 on each for promoting communal hatred. Police had arrested them in July 2006 for their alleged links with the SIMI and booked them under various sections of the India Penal Code, mostly dealing with treason.

  • December 20: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested a SIMI cadre, identified as Amir Talha from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, from platform number three at Nagpur station. One .32mm pistol and five bullets were recovered from his possession. Talha is the son of Amir Rashidi Madni, who heads an ulema council in Azamgarh, and is also believed to have been arrested in connection with SIMI activities in the past. Talha, who was reportedly in close touch with the Indian Mujahideen (IM) that executed the serial blasts in New Delhi on September 13, was produced before a Nagpur court and has been remanded in Police custody till January 3, 2009.

  • November 10: Gujrat Police said that the Madhya Pradesh Police have arrested the main conspirators of the July 26 Ahmedabad serial blasts, identified as Qayamuddin Kapadia, from an unspecified place in Madhya Pradesh. Qayamuddin Kapadia allegedly planted cycle bombs in the Ahmedabad as well as bombs in different parts of Surat and was also responsible for purchase of cycles on which the bombs were planted and kept in different parts of the city, said Joint Commissioner of Police of Ahmedabad city crime branch, Ashish Bhatia. He was also an expert in using explosives, and reportedly present during various SIMI terror training camps in Waghamon in Kerala and Halol near Vadodara and was instrumental in training the participants.

  • October 23: An unidentified SIMI cadre was arrested from the Nagda District of Madhya Pradesh in connection with the July 26 serial blasts in Ahmedabad, Gujarat Police said on October 24, reports The Hindu.

  • October 21: A special squad of the Thrissur District Police arrested two SIMI cadres from Kodungallur. The two cadres, identified as Nisar and Asghar, reportedly participated in a SIMI camp at Panayikulam on August 15, 2006.

  • October 14: The special investigation team looking into the case relating to "clandestine meeting of activists of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI)" at Panayikulam in the Ernakulam District on August 15, 2006, has taken one more person, Nissar of Idukki, into custody. Nissar was among the 13 persons who were let off after the Police stopped the meeting and arrested five persons.

  • October 13: The Supreme Court ruled that the Union Government's plea against a tribunal's ruling lifting the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India will be heard by a larger bench of the Court, even as the ban is to continue. The bench of Justice S.B. Sinha and Justice Cyriac Joseph referred the matter to Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan saying the Government's suit be listed before "an appropriate and larger bench". The bench also said the ban on SIMI would continue till further orders.

  • October 6: Kerala Police arrested two persons for their suspected links with the SIMI. Abdul Hakeem (22) from Azheekal in Guruvayur and Shameer (29) from Karukapadathu in Thrissur were arrested on information that the duo attended a clandestine meeting of SIMI activists at Panayikulam on August 15, 2006. The Police had taken 18 persons into custody. Five of them were arrested and the others released for lack of evidence. Shibili and Ansar, who were among those arrested from Panayikulam and later released on bail, were again arrested from Indore in Madhya Pradesh with firearms in their possession. They were produced before the Paravoor Judicial First Class Magistrate who remanded them to judicial custody till October 21.

  • September 27: The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in Nagpur arrested a SIMI cadre in the IODC colony of Washim. Mohammed Khaleel Mohammed Ismail Chauhan (32) was working for SIMI since year 2000 and was based in Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh). He had taken shelter at his younger brother Aqueel Mohammed Ismail Yusuf Chauhan''s (also a SIMI cadre) place in IODC colony. Police sources said that Aqueel was involved in spreading communal violence in small cities. Khaleel has four offences of rioting and forgery registered against him in Khandwa.

  • September 25: A SIMI cadre was arrested in connection with the serial blasts in Bangalore on July 25. Police said that Mohammad Samee Bagewadi alias Mohammad Samee attended most of the important camps organised by SIMI at Castle Rock near Hubli in Karnataka, Vagamon in Kerala and other places and also underwent training in these camps. Bagewadi, a resident of Bijapur, was allegedly influenced by SIMI''s ideology, and was closely associated with its leaders such as Safdar Hussain Nagori, Hafeez Hussain alias Adnan, Shibly, Tauqeer, Shahbaaz, Abu Bashar and others, Police sources said.

  • September 24: Mumbai Police arrested five suspected members of the Indian Mujahideen. While Afzal Mutalib Usmani (32) was arrested from Uttar Pradesh, Mohammed Saddik Shaikh (31), Mohammed Arif Shaikh (38), Mohammed Zakir Shaikh (28) and Mohammed Ansar Shaikh were arrested from their Mumbai residences on September 23-night. All the accused, originally from Azamgarh District in Uttar Pradesh, have worked with the banned SIMI, Joint Commissioner (Crime), Rakesh Maria, told journalists. "They broke away from SIMI to form the radical group of Indian Mujahideen. Saddik was one of the co-founders of the outfit along with Atiq, killed in the Delhi encounter, and Roshan Khan, who is yet to be traced. The Police are on the lookout for Khan", Maria added. The Police have booked the arrested terrorists under the Explosives Act, Arms Act, various sections of the Indian Penal Code and for criminal conspiracy. The recovered items from the arrested terrorists include 10 kilograms of gelatin or ammonium nitrate, 15 detonators, eight kilograms of ball bearings, four fully active electronic circuits, one sub-machine carbine, two .38 revolvers and 30 cartridges of 9 mm carbine and eight cartridges of .38 revolver.

  • September 13: 30 persons were killed and 100 more injured in a series of five bomb blasts in the busy market places of national capital New Delhi, reports. The first explosion took place at Karol Bagh at 6.10 pm. The next explosion took place at 6.35 pm near the Metro Station at Barakhamba Road. Five minutes later, another explosion took place at the Central Park in Cannaught Place. Two more explosions took place in the M-block market of the Greater Kailash area at 6.30 pm and 6.40 pm. Initial investigations revealed that the improvised explosive devices were configured using ammonium nitrate. Four live bombs were recovered and diffused. While one bomb was found outside the Regal Cinema in Cannaught Place, two more bombs were diffused in the Central Park at Cannaught Place and at India Gate. In an e-mail to the media, the Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the explosions.

  • September 11: The Supreme Court further extended its interim order continuing the ban on SIMI till the 2nd week of October, 2008. This is the second time the apex court has extended the ban. The Union Government had filed a petition challenging the decision of a Special Tribunal to lift curbs imposed on the organisation. The Court has asked the Centre to place before it the synopsis of arguments and other documents in support of its stand to ban SIMI. The ruling came after the Government petitioned for more time for probe.

  • September 7: Two youths, identified as Mohammad Sohail and Azam, detained in Jodhpur were arrested by the SIT on charges of involvement in the May 13, 2008 Jaipur serial blasts case. During investigation, it was found that both had links with the banned SIMI and the main accused of the Jaipur serial blasts, including Sajid, Karimudeen and Taukir. They had allegedly arranged hotel rooms for the meetings of Sajid and his accomplices. The SIT sources claimed, "Sajid and his associates like Taukir, Karimudeen and others had visited Jodhpur many times and generated funds from there. It was found that Sohail and Azam had also gathered Zakat (charity) for them". With these two arrests, the total number of people arrested in connection with the Jaipur serial blasts went up to 14.

  • September 4: Four suspected cadres of the SIMI were arrested in connection with the July 26 Ahmedabad bomb blasts from Ahmedabad and Bhuj towns. An Ahmedabad police spokesman said that while Naved Kadri, Aiyyaz Sayed and Zaved Ahmed were arrested from Ahmedabad, Abbas Asmeja was arrested from Bhuj. The arrests took place following confessions made by the 10 main accused SIMI cadres. Aiyyaz was among those who had actually placed some of the bombs. Naved Kadri was present at the final planning meeting held in Juhapura. Zaved Ahmed had procured a gas cylinder from Kalupur area, which was used in the car bomb placed at the trauma centre in the civil hospital. Asmeja had secured a house, under a false name on behalf of the SIMI, under rehabilitation projects for the people hit by the 2001 Kutch earthquake. The house was sold recently to part-finance the blasts.

  • September 1: The Hyderabad Police arrested a person identified as Jaber from the Hyderabad city for suspected links with the SIMI. Hyderabad City Commissioner of Police B. Prasada Rao said, "Jaber has been arrested for his alleged links with the banned SIMI and sharing material with SIMI head Safdar Nagori." Jaber, son of Moulana Naseeruddin, is a Hyderabad resident. Naseeruddin is an accused in the assassination of former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya and is now in Sabarmati jail in Gujarat.

  • August 26: Gujarat Police arrested Tanveer Pathan alias Sameer, a suspected SIMI member, from the Mira road area in Mumbai for his alleged involvement in the planting of bombs in Surat. Police sources said Pathan's name was revealed during the interrogation of Sajid Mansuri, an accused arrested in connection with the Ahmedabad serial blasts case. An unidentified police officer told, "Pathan was in touch with several SIMI activists in Pune and we passed on this information to the Gujarat Police. After Pathan's name emerged in the investigation, a team from the Gujarat Police arrived in Mumbai. With the help of the ATS, the Gujarat team caught Pathan."

  • August 25: The Supreme Court extended its stay of a tribunal order quashing the Union Government’s February 7, 2008 notification, which banned the SIMI by six weeks. A bench, consisting of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice P. Sathasivam, said, "The matter is important. We are ready to hear it. What we are concerned [with] are the documents and records relevant on the date of the ban notification."

  • August 23: The 'Indian Mujahideen', which had claimed responsibility for the recent serial explosions in Gujarat, sent a mail to TV channels with photographs of cars claimed to have been used in the attacks on two hospitals in Ahmedabad. Claiming that not a single Indian Mujahideen cadre involved in the blasts have been arrested so far the outfit threatened to widen the arc of its attacks. "The Indian Mujahideen on its full authority declares that by the Grace of Allah not even a single mujahid from our ranks who played even a minute role in the blasts, have been arrested to date. We are completely safe", the mail said.

  • August 21: The Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Mumbai Police arrested Feroz Mehboob Pathan (32), a suspected to SIMI member and part of the recently neutralised sleeper module of the outfit, from the Ghorpade Peth area of Pune. Two others were detained but not arrested.

  • August 20: The Union Government filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court, citing the involvement of SIMI cadres in the July 26 serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad in Gujarat. In its affidavit, the Government said investigations revealed that the accused in the bomb blasts in Ahmedabad and Surat on July 26 were members of the SIMI. Annexing the depositions made by witnesses, the Government further said intelligence sources and secret surveillance by the police made it clear that the accused had nexus with international terrorist outfits. Further, these persons were persistently involved in more than one offence or other unlawful activities and the nature of activities indulged in by the outfit would show secessionist tendencies and the potential damage to the secular fabric of society.

    Replying to the debate in the Uttar Pradesh State Legislative Assembly on terrorist activities and the role of the SIMI in the recent serial bomb blasts, the State Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Lalji Verma, said that since 2003 no activity of SIMI has been witnessed in Uttar Pradesh. He further said between 1998 and 2003, 65 cases had been registered against SIMI activists in the State. Rejecting the charge of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that the UP police and its security and intelligence agencies were inefficient in containing the menace, Minister Verma said the security and intelligence units in 34 sensitive districts and on the State’s border have been upgraded.

    Following leads given by arrested SIMI cadre Usman Agarbattiwala, the Ahmedabad Crime Branch recovered two pistols, a pipe bomb, balloons and 19 CDs and DVDs containing speeches of Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders, laptops and hard drives from different places in the city. Usman Agarbattiwala was one of the ten SIMI members arrested for their alleged involvement in the Ahmedabad blasts.

  • August 19: A team of the Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad arrested dentist Mohammed Salim Honali (31) from Bijapur in Karnataka. Honali used to work with the MA Rangoonwala College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre at the Azam Campus in Pune till May 2008 before he was laid off. ATS officials suspect that Honali not only had a significant role in the July 26, 2008 Ahmedabad blasts but was also brainwashing other youth to bring them into the radical fold. ATS officials said jihadi literature was recovered from all four suspects.

  • August 17: Three persons were arrested in Bharuch in Gujarat for renting a house to the SIMI activist Sajid Mansuri, who allegedly played a key role in the July 26 Ahmedabad serial blasts. Mansuri had taken the house on rent from Saeed Hayat at Lukman society in Bharuch. Hayat had the power of attorney over the house that belonged to a London-based non-resident Indian. Two persons, Yusuf Patel and Maqbul Patel, had recommended the name of Sajid Mansuri to Saeed Hayat.

    Police in Indore in Madhya Pradesh arrested a suspected SIMI activist in connection with the serial blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26. The arrest followed a tip off provided by the Gujarat Police. Nine persons arrested by the Gujarat Police on August 16 for their alleged involvement in the blasts had disclosed that the explosives used in the blasts were sent from Madhya Pradesh.

    Police sources in Gujarat claimed that SIMI leader Abul Bashar Qasmi who was arrested from Uttar Pradesh on August 16 for his involvement in the serial blasts in Ahmedabad has "confessed" to his and his team’s involvement in the terror attack. According to Abhay Chudasma, Joint Commissioner, Ahmedabad Crime Branch police, Qasmi also confirmed the role of Sajid Mansuri, another arrested senior SIMI member in the blasts. "We are questioning him on the details of other locals involved in the terror attack", Chudasma said. Police also suspected Qasmi and Sajid’s involvement in the Jaipur blasts. "We are still questioning Qasmi on the Jaipur link", Chudasma added. The police said Qasmi had taken over charge of the SIMI national network after the arrest of its leader Safdar Nagori and his brother Karimuddin Nagori in Indore in Madhya Pradesh in March. Safdar and Karimuddin had originally planned the execution of the Ahmedabad blasts and to carry out bombings in Surat too.

  • August 16: The Gujarat Police announced the arrest of SIMI leader Abul Bashar Qasmi, who allegedly was the mastermind behind the July 26 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts. Gujarat Director-General of Police P.C. Pandey said Qasmi was arrested from a village in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh (UP) by a joint team of the UP and Gujarat Police. The Gujarat police also said with this arrest they had unravelled the conspiracy that led to the bombings. Before Qasmi’s arrest, nine SIMI cadres were arrested from Ahmedabad and Vadodara. "We now have the entire details of how and where the plans for the Ahmedabad blasts were chalked out, who were the people involved and how the entire plan was operationalised," the DGP said. He also claimed that the same group was involved in planting bombs in Surat.

  • August 14: A SIMI activist was arrested in Bharuch in Gujarat in connection with the serial blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26. The arrested SIMI cadre Mohammad Sajid Mansori is suspected to have been part of the conspiracy to carry out the nine blasts across the Gujarat capital.

  • August 8: The All India Minority Front said it had evidence that the SIMI had links with terror outfits in Pakistan. The Front national president S.M. Asif told reporters, "We have evidence of SIMI's links with Pakistani terror outfits and are ready to provide it to the central government provided we are assured security." "We have spoken to various Muslim people who have proof in this regard but they fear for their lives", he added. He further said, "We want SIMI should be banned and punished. The minorities in the country are opposed to all sorts of militancy. Even then Muslims suffer whenever there is any terror attack in the country."

  • August 6: The Supreme Court stayed the order by the Special Tribunal quashing the Union Government's February 7, 2008 notification declaring the SIMI an unlawful organisation. A Bench of the Supreme Court stayed the order on a mention made by Additional Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam about the Union Government filing a special leave petition against the lifting of the ban. The Bench, consisting of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice A.K. Mathur, ordered notice to the SIMI seeking its response in three weeks.

    The MHA asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to send details of the criminal cases pending against the SIMI and its activists. Police headquarters in State capital Lucknow said that it has received a letter in this regard. The Office of the Director General of Police (DGP) has, consequently, started compiling the details of the recent cases against the SIMI.

  • August 5: The Anti-Terrorist Cell (ATC) attached to the Belgaum district Police Department in Karnataka arrested three suspected SIMI cadres. They were identified as Naveed Khaji and Ansar Nizami, both from Malmaruti area, and Sadiq Mulla of Azad Nagar. The arrest took place on the basis of information given by suspected SIMI cadres Tanveer Mulla and Iqbal Jakati, who were arrested recently. With the arrest of these three, the number of arrested suspected SIMI activists in the district rose to 11.

    A specially-designated tribunal lifted the ban imposed by the Union Government on the activities of the SIMI. Justice Geeta Mittal of the Delhi High Court, who headed the tribunal, held that there was no new evidence submitted by the Government against the SIMI to justify the extension of the ban. A senior law officer said that the Government only came out with the evidence of the Malegaon blasts in Maharashtra in 2006 to show the complicity of the organisation in unlawful activities which was not sufficient to come out with the notification to ban it.

  • August 2: Immigration officials at the Mumbai International Airport detained a passenger in connection with a blast in the Judicial Magistrate First Class court in Hubli in Karnataka in May 2008. The passenger Iqbal Shaukat Ali is alleged to be a SIMI activist. A resident of Belgaum in Karnataka, Ali had fled to Sharjah soon after his name emerged as one of the major suspects in the blast. Subsequently, he was remanded to four days of police custody.

  • July 27: The Ahmedabad Joint Police Commissioner Asish Bhatia said an activist of the banned SIMI, Abdul Halim, who was wanted in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots, was arrested during the combing operation in the city following the July 26 serial explosions in Ahmedabad (Gujarat).

  • July 15: Police arrested Mohammed Muqeemuddin Yaser, a former SIMI member, from his residence in the Saidabad area of Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh. Yaser, who is a MBA student, is also the eldest son of Maulana Naseeruddin, the founder president of Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Shaan-e-Islam (TTSI) and is presently lodged at the Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad for his alleged role in the assassination of the former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya. Yaser’s younger brother Raziuddin Naser, a suspect in the twin blast cases in Hyderabad in August 2007, was arrested by the Karnataka Police in January 2008 for planning terrorist attacks in Karnataka and Goa. SIT sources said "Yaser was an active member of SIMI. Now, he along with some other former SIMI activists of the city has formed a group which downloads jihadi material and religious killing videos from the internet and distributes disks to extremist religious groups in the country."

  • June 8: Supporting continuation of the ban on the SIMI, the Karnataka Government in its affidavit submitted to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal contended that some of the SIMI members had been in contact with militant outfits. The Tribunal, set up by the Union Government to review the ban on SIMI concluded its two-day sitting on June 8 in Bangalore.

  • June 1: The Kerala Government represented its case in favour of continuing the proscription on the SIMI. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal appointed by the Union Government to review the ban on SIMI began a two-day sitting in capital Trivandrum. Representing the State Government, Inspector General of Police (Internal Security), N. C. Asthana, filed an affidavit before the tribunal stating that the SIMI was still carrying out unlawful activities in Kerala and hence the ban imposed on it shall be continued.

  • May 27: Police arrested a SIMI cadre, identified as Nasir Liyaqat Ali Patel, from Belgaum for allegedly spreading messages of hatred. Police also recovered the hard disc from his computer.

  • May 17: The special investigative team conducted raids across the State targeting activists of the SIMI. A SIMI cadre, Mohammad Shajid, was detained for questioning. Raids were conducted at Jaipur, Ajmer, Fatehpur, Godhpur, Tonk and Sikar on the basis of Intelligence inputs. A senior police officer said, "Raids were conducted, but it seems most of the activists have gone underground fearing arrests."

  • May 8: Three suspected SIMI activists were arrested from the New Housing Board colony area of Morena in Madhya Pradesh. Fake currency worth INR 80,000 and four mobile phones were recovered from them. Police sources said that one of the arrested Naajmia belongs to Kayamganj in Uttar Pradesh, while the other two, Pappu alias Sudhir Jadaun and Rajbir Gurjar, were from Morena.

  • April 23: The Union Minister of State for Home, Sriprakash Jaiswal, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of Parliament) said that despite the ban, the SIMI has been carrying out its activities clandestinely including holding of organizational meetings and circulation of literature. The Minister said that more than 70 male SIMI cadres have been arrested during the last one year as per reports from Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Karnataka. No foreign national is among those arrested, he said. The Minister added that activities of the SIMI have been noticed in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

  • April 22: The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Sriprakash Jaiswal, replying to questions in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) said that the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) has links with terrorist groups, including the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). He said that the links have been revealed in investigations into a number of cases. The minister further said that 181 SIMI cadres have been arrested in various States since 2006 and arms, ammunition, incriminating literature and other items were recovered from them. Of them, 128 were arrested in Madhya Pradesh.

  • April 10: The Mumbai Police arrested two SIMI cadres from the Thane district. The duo, identified as Irshad Salim Khan and Israr Ahmed Abdul Hamid Tailor, are believed to be close to the arrested secretary-general of the outfit, Safdar Nagori. Khan is a civil engineer by profession and was the former president of the outfit while Israr Ahmed is a computer professional. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said, "Both are wanted in a case registered under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act here on July 28, 2006, in which train blasts accused Ehtesham Siddqui was earlier arrested."

    The Madhya Pradesh Police arrested a SIMI cadre from the Rishala area of Indore city. The arrested cadre, identified as Hafiz Yusuf, has been an active worker of the outfit and played a significant role in collecting funds for the outfit, police sources said. He was working in a mobile shop in Indore.

  • April 7: Six SIMI cadres were arrested by the Madhya Pradesh police. While five SIMI cadres were arrested from Guna, a suspected SIMI cadre, identified as Naved Irfan was arrested in Indore’s Muslim- dominated Khajrana area for allegedly indulging in illegal activities and aiding anti-national elements, a senior police officer said.

    The Jabalpur Police in Madhya Pradesh announced a reward of INR 5,000 to those who help trace two absconding SIMI activists Mohammad Ali and Mohammad Shakil.

  • April 5: Three SIMI activists were arrested from Narsinghgarh town in the Rajgarh district. The Rajgarh Superintendent of Police D. K. Arya said that the SIMI cadres, identified as Irfan, Faizal and Shakir, were arrested on charges of aiding anti-national elements and indulging in illegal activities. An unspecified quantity of objectionable material, video cassettes and CDs were recovered from the house where the arrests occurred.

  • April 4: Three persons, including a woman, were arrested for allegedly renting their premises to SIMI leaders in Indore and Khargone. A house in the Shyam Nagar locality of Indore was rented to SIMI's Andhra Pradesh unit chief Qamaruddin Nagori from where police arrested top 13 leaders of the outfit on March 27. The house rented to the SIMI by Gaffar Khan Bakerywale was registered in the name of his daughter-in-law Shahnaz Bi. Police arrested both Khan and Shahnaz for not providing information to the police about giving their house on rent.

    Separately, in Khargone, another person, identified as Shahzad Hussein, was arrested for allegedly providing his farmhouse to the SIMI for running training camps.

  • April 2: Madhya Pradesh Police neutralised a SIMI training camp in Choral, a popular holiday spot, 35-kilometres from the State capital Bhopal. Police claimed that interrogation of the 13 arrested SIMI cadres led to the information on the existence of the camp. The Superintendent of Police Chanchal Shekhar told, "We were told the camp trained SIMI activists from Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka and a few other states. Each training camp would train around 20 SIMI members. We have information of five such camps in the past one-and-half years, which would mean about a hundred SIMI activists trained in Choral." He said that the trainees were made to climb the surrounding mountains and swim across the river daily. The police also found evidence of a firing range and exploded bits of petrol bombs.

    Separately, Police recovered 122 super-explosive gelatine sticks, 100 detonators and switchboards buried underground in the Gawali village under Balwara police station area of Khargaon district.

  • April 1: The Assam Government told the Legislative Assembly that SIMI was active in Assam, but clarified that no member of the group had been arrested so far in the State. "While the Government had banned SIMI in 2001, there is information that the group is still active in Assam," Minister Rockybul Hussain told the Assembly.

  • March 31: A team of Madhya Pradesh Police arrested seven SIMI cadres from an unspecified location. The investigators interrogating the 13 SIMI leaders arrested in Indore on March 27 claimed that the banned outfit were planning to kill top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including the Leader of Opposition L. K. Advani, and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The investigators further claimed that the SIMI was even running training camps for militants to carry out terrorist attacks in the country.

  • March 27: 13 SIMI leaders, including the outfit’s General Secretary Safdar Nagori and his brother Kamruddin Nagori, were arrested following several raids in Indore by the Madhya Pradesh Police. Police described the arrested persons as active members of the outfit hailing from Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The arrested persons included SIMI’s Karnataka unit chief Hafiz Hussain and Shivli, who is the mainstay of the group’s operations in Kerala. Pistols, cartridges, nine mobile phones, INR 45,000 in cash, 15 masks, 22 pairs of surgical gloves and surgical instruments, SIMI literature were recovered from the arrested persons.

    Police raided the house of SIMI leader Shiblyin a village in Kottayam district. Two computers were recovered from the houses of Shibli and his brother, Shaduli.

  • March 18: The Union Minister of State for Home, Sriprakash Jaiswal, said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) that the SIMI and its associates were planning to commit serial blasts and other serious offences in the country. "While there was no present input indicating any specific plans of SIMI to attack important installation, ...One arrested person disclosed that he along with his SIMI associates were planning to commit serial blasts and other serious offences," Jaiswal said.

  • March 11: A former Bihar unit chief of the SIMI, Arif Abrar, who had surrendered before a lower court in Nagpur in January 2008, was reportedly granted bail by the 10th Ad hoc Sessions Judge. Abrar who was lodged in the Nagpur central jail after police interrogation is expected to be released shortly. Defence lawyer A.M. Rizway stated that court found no incriminating evidence against him.

  • February 21: The Corps of Detectives arrested a software engineer for suspected links with the banned SIMI from Guruappanapalya under Mico Layout police station limits in Bangalore, capital of Karnataka. However, four of his alleged accomplices escaped during the police operation. Yahya Khan is a native of Kerala and was working in a leading multinational information technology company in the city and he was reportedly under watch by the Bangalore Police for the past few days. Police sources said that the arrest followed information given by Mohammad Asif, a final-year MBBS student, and another SIMI activist, who was arrested in Hubli recently.

  • February 12: The Corps of Detectives, which is investigating a terrorist module unearthed by the Davangere police in Karnataka, arrested an electrician from Dharwad for his alleged links with the banned SIMI. The arrested identified as Shakeel, a resident of Koppadakeri in the Dharwad district, had helped the SIMI activists to hold two meetings, one near the Mastansab Darga on Saudatti Road and the other at the Halligere forests on Haliyal Road in Hubli in November 2007. Shakeel reportedly participated in these meetings where some 25 SIMI activists from Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala allegedly discussed plans to carry out acts of sabotage. These activists had held another meeting near Dandeli in May 2007.

  • February 12: Firoz Sanadi, the former deputy mayor of Belgaum city in Karnataka, and nine medical students were detained for alleged links with the SIMI and suspected militant Mohammed Asif who is in police custody.

    Former Bihar unit chief of the SIMI, Dr Abrar Arif, who had surrendered before the Nagpur court recently, was sent to jail after he was produced before the lower court 2 by Sadar police.

  • February 10: The Islamic Students Association (ISA) is functioning transparently and it has no links with the banned SIMI, said ISA ad-hoc committee secretary E K Noufal in Kozhikode in Kerala.

  • February 7: The Union Government decided to continue the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) for another two years. "The decision to re-impose the ban for two years has been taken in view of the fact that the group continues to indulge in unlawful activities," said the home ministry spokesperson Onkar Kedia.

  • February 6: Police arrested four activists of the Islamic Students Association (ISA), while trying to stick wall posters in the early hours at Edavamgal near Bekal in the Kasargod district of Kerala. The four activists of the newly-floated ISA, which seemed to be a front organisation of the banned SIMI, said the police.

  • January 31: Mohammad Abrar Arif Mohammad Kasim, a key SIMI leader, surrendered before a court in Nagpur after remaining at large for 18 months.

  • January 22: A report in The Hindu stated that the SIMI is believed to be operating under the cover of at least 12 organisations in Kerala. SIMI organisers periodically change the name of their front organisations to shake off police surveillance. Intelligence officials believe that SIMI activists in Kerala had developed links with the Lashkar-e-Toiba in 2006. They said that SIMI activists are operating under the cover of religious study centres, rural development and research centres and institutions for developing "personal effectiveness." Some of these organisations were spreading "extremist religious ideals" among a section of impressionable youth by acting as "counselling and guidance centres working for behavioural change". In the past 10 years, the police have registered 17 cases against suspected SIMI activists.


  • October 23: Daily News & Analysis reported that the role of a splinter group of the SIMI is being examined by the internal security agencies for its alleged linkages with some rural non-government organisations (NGOs) in Maharashtra. An unidentified intelligence official said cadres belonging to the SIMI splinter, Tehereek Taifooz Sher-e-Islam, could have established linkages with a section of Muslim functionaries in these NGOs. Central intelligence agencies and the State Intelligence Department reportedly have been investigating the way these NGOs are managed.

  • September 6: The Supreme Court asked the SIMI to serve a fresh notice to the government on its plea for transferring the petition relating to the ban imposed on the organisation from the Delhi High Court to the apex court. SIMI had sought transfer of the petition filed by it in the High Court challenging the ban imposed in September 2003 for its alleged anti-national activities. Two other petitions filed by SIMI challenging the ban in September 2001 and February 2006 are pending in the apex court and hence it has sought transfer of the 2003 petition so that all the three petitions could be decided by the apex court.

  • July 5: Four persons, including two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militants, were convicted by a court in New Delhi for possessing explosives and conspiring to wage war against the country. The other two persons, held guilty under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Explosive Substances Act, are members of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Gulzar Ahmed Wani and Mohiuddin, the HM militants from Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir, and Feroz Rafi and Mumtaz, the SIMI activists from Uttar Pradesh, were arrested at New Delhi Railway Station on July 30, 2001. Police had then seized a huge haul of RDX, grenades, launchers, detonators and other explosives from them. The Hizb militants had reportedly come to Delhi to deliver the explosives to the SIMI activists. With their arrest, police had claimed to have solved six bomb blast cases, including the 2001 Sena Bhavan blast. However, the court on February 23 acquitted them in all these cases for lack of evidence.

    Times Now reported that the SIMI has stepped up efforts to strengthen its base in the northeastern region along the India-Myanmar border. SIMI has been trying to tie up with Manipur-based outfits and especially the Peoples' United Liberation Front (PULF), an organization of indigenous Muslims of Manipur called Pangals. The report further indicated that SIMI's presence in the north-eastern region could pose a grave threat since several jihadi outfits with similar ideologies are already active on both sides of the border.

  • March 9: Police in Patna (Bihar) arrested Mohd Haseeb Raza, an activist of the SIMI, from his Phulwari residence. Police sources said that Raza was the state secretary of the outfit and was wanted in a case lodged in 2001 as a prime accused for planning subversive activities in the country.

  • February 15: The Supreme Court described the proscribed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as a "secessionist movement". A bench of Justice S. B. Sinha and Markandeya Katju observed while dealing with the Special Leave Petition filed by the SIMI challenging the ban imposed on it, "You are a secessionist movement. You have not stopped your activities." The Bench refused to agree with the submissions put forth by Kamini Jaiswal, counsel for the SIMI, that there was no evidence to link SIMI to any anti-national activity after 2003. In the petition, the SIMI had challenged the judgment of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act Tribunal headed by Justice B. N. Chaturvedi of the Delhi High Court, which confirmed the ban imposed on the organisation by the Union Government on February 8, 2006.

  • January 22: Police have beefed up security in the Cuttack city amidst intelligence reports indicating that the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadres are planning to orchestrate a terrorist attack during the India-West Indies one-day Cricket Match at the Barabati Stadium on January 24.


  • December 21: The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra Police filed the charge sheet in the September 8 Malegaon serial blasts case. The charge sheet stated that nine SIMI cadres had hatched and executed the conspiracy with the help of two Pakistani nationals in the textile town to "infuriate the entire Muslim community and trigger communal riots’’. 40 persons died and 312 were injured in four blasts.

  • December 4: The Uttar Pradesh Government said that it had not received any direction from the Union Government to proscribe the SIMI. In a written reply to a question in the State Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said that no instructions had been received from the Centre to ban SIMI. The State Government had recently successfully moved an application in a district court in Baharaich seeking withdrawal of cases against SIMI chief Shahid Badar Falah.

  • November 7: According to IANS, the SIMI is contemplating changing its name to evade attention it receives for its association with the terrorists. Quoting unidentified sources, the report said that SIMI may emerge under a new name such as Teharik-e-Millat or Awaz-e-Sura, with a view to expand its activities in Madhya Pradesh.

  • November 5: Six SIMI cadres are arrested in Indore. Police said that the six had met a detained senior SIMI operative, Imran Ansari, at a local restaurant while he was being escorted for a court hearing on November 1.

  • October 30: Maharashtra Police arrests Noorul Hooda Shamshul Hooda, a SIMI activist, in connection with the Malegaon serial bomb blasts of September 8, 2006.

  • October 8: A suspected SIMI cadre, Nurullah Samsudoha, is arrested from the Jaffar Nagar area of Malegaon town in Maharashtra.

  • September 6: The Bahraich District court in Uttar Pradesh grants permission to withdraw a treason case against the banned SIMI chief Shahid Badar Falah and 11 other members of the outfit.

  • August 23: Two suspects in the October 2005 Delhi serial bomb blasts are remanded to the custody of Mumbai Police till August 28 by a local court in Mumbai. Firoz Abdul Latif Ghaswala and Mohammed Ali Chippa, who were lodged in a jail in Delhi, were brought to Mumbai on August 23 and produced before a local court. Both, suspected to be linked to the SIMI, have allegedly visited Pakistan clandestinely to undergo training in arms and explosives handling at the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) camps.

    Speaking in the State Legislative Assembly, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav ruled out the involvement of the Students Islamic Movement of India in recent terrorist attacks in the State.

  • August 22: Faizal Ataur Rehman Sheikh, allegedly Lashkar-e-Toiba’s Mumbai chief, and younger brother Muzamil, a software programmer, were booked in the Bandra blast case and remanded to police custody till September 4. In its remand plea, the Anti-Terrorist Squad said the brothers were active members of the proscribed SIMI and had been to Pakistan for military training.

  • August 18: SIMI activists, Waqar Baig Yusuf Baig and Jitaullah Rehman Mehmood Khan, are arrested from Kazipur in the textile township of Hinganghat in Wardha district of Maharashtra.

  • August 16: Five suspected SIMI activists, identified as Saduli, Abdul Aziz, Shammi, all from Kottayam district, and Anzar and Nizammudin, both from Aluva, arrested in Kerala.

  • August 15: Kerala Police arrested 18 suspected SIMI activists from Binamipuram in the Kochi district.

  • August 13: Two SIMI activists, Irfan Sayeed and Najib Bakali, are arrested by Mumbai Police personnel investigating the July 11 blasts.

  • August 8: Three SIMI cadres, Shakil Warsi, Shakir Ahmed Nasi and Mohammad Rehan Khan, are arrested in connection with the July 11 Mumbai serial blasts from Nagpur in Maharashtra.

  • August 7: The tribunal, constituted to examine the ban imposed on SIMI by the Union Government, holds it "legal and valid”.

  • July 29: SIMI activist, Ehtashan Siddiqui, is arrested from his Mira Road residence on the outskirts of Mumbai for alleged links to the 7/11 blasts.

  • July 21: Bhopal Police arrests a SIMI activist, Imran, wanted in two cases, one registered at Surat in the State of Gujarat and the other at Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. He is said to be an organising SIMI activities at the national level.

  • July 13: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav says in Lucknow that the SIMI is not active in the State and there is no evidence of its involvement in any unlawful activity during his regime. He further said that as far as its existence in Uttar Pradesh is concerned, it will be improper to initiate action without evidence.

  • July 6: The Supreme Court upheld the ban on the SIMI rejecting a petition that claimed that the organisation had not been found to engage in any terrorist activities.

  • June 2: According to the Government of Kerala, the SIMI is operating under the cover of at least 12 organisations in the State. At least two organizations linked to the SIMI are operating in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram.

  • April 25: Mohammad Aamir, the chief of SIMI's Uttar Pradesh State unit and the prime accused in the Kanpur riots of March 16, 2006, surrenders before a metropolitan magistrate in Kanpur.

  • April 21: The Union Government declares the SIMI an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. It also constitutes a Tribunal, comprising Justice B.N. Chaturvedi of the Delhi High Court, for adjudicating whether or not there is sufficient cause for declaring SIMI as an unlawful association.


  • July 11: Police in Uttar Pradesh arrest six persons, including four of a family, from Faizabad in connection with the July 5-attack on the disputed complex in Ayodhya. The arrested family members were associated with the banned Students Islamic Movement of India, according to official sources.

  • June 11: All eight accused in the Ghatkopar blast case, allegedly cadres of the SIMI, are acquitted by a POTA court in Mumbai due to lack of evidence.

  • March 8: Delhi Police arrests a SIMI member, Mohammad Iftikar Ehsan Malick, from Dehradun, the capital city of Uttaranchal.


  • November 1: Maulana Nasiruddin, president of the Tahaffuz Shari'at-e Islam (Protection of Islamic Sharia) and allegedly linked to the SIMI, is arrested from Hyderabad in connection with his suspected links to the murder former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya.


  • November 11: A court in New Delhi acquits SIMI president Shahid Badar Falah in a case of sedition, which was filed against him in September 2001.

  • September 12: Five persons, including two SIMI activists, are arrested for the removal of railway sleeper clips from the tracks in Kumardubi-Barakar section in West Bengal.

  • July 21: POTA court in New Delhi sentences two SIMI activists to a five-year imprisonment under POTA for their membership of the proscribed organization and seven years imprisonment for sedition.

  • July 16: A POTA Court in Delhi convicts two SIMI activists for their active involvement with the banned outfit.

  • May 26: Mumbai Police arrest two suspected activists of the SIMI in the Ghatkopar bomb blast case and remand them to police custody till June 5.

  • May 14: Mumbai Police arrest three persons from Padgah village and foil a plan that envisaged a series of explosions in Mumbai and Kerala, which was allegedly hatched by the SIMI and Lashkar-e-Toiba. The accused were identified as Muzzamal Ansari, Mohammed Nadir Palob and Arif Hussain.

  • May 11: Mumbai Police detains SIMI activist Anwar Ali, a lecturer of the National Defence Academy in Khadakvasla, Maharashtra, for his suspected involvement in the March 13-Mulund train bomb explosion case.

  • May 3: Mumbai Police arrests six SIMI activists with links to the LeT and also seizes lethal chemicals and some arms and ammunition from their possession.

  • April 25: Mumbai Police arrests two suspected SIMI activists for their alleged involvement in the March 13-Mulund-bomb blast case from the Padgha village of Thane district.

  • April 21: Mumbai Police arrests Ghulam Akbar Khotal, an alleged SIMI activist from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, in connection with March 13 Mulund blast.

  • April 10: Saquib Nachan, a SIMI activist, surrenders before the Mumbai High Court. He is subsequently arrested by the Mumbai Police and booked under POTA for his alleged involvement in the Mulund blast. Saquib was arrested from Gujarat in October 1992 under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) for his subversive activities and sentenced to life imprisonment, which was later commuted to 10 years by the Supreme Court. He was released from the Sabarmati jail in April 2001.

  • March 12: Noman Badar alias Falahi, one of the top leaders of SIMI, is brought on transit remand to Delhi from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. A case against him is pending in a Court in Delhi for his involvement in unlawful activities, including publishing objectionable using inflammatory language.

  • February 24: Police arrest two persons allegedly connected with the SIMI at Rabodi in Thane District of Maharashtra and seize incriminating documents from their possession.

  • January 29: Mumbai Police suspects the LeT and SIMI for the twin blasts near Vile Parle railway station in Mumbai on January 27 and January 28. United Arab Emirates (UAE) based LeT terrorist Abu Hamza is suspected to be the masterminded behind the first explosion, in which a women was killed and 25 more injured.

  • January 27: Uttar Pradesh Police arrests three SIMI activists from Lucknow and recover certain incriminating documents from them.

  • January 26: Dubai authorities deport Mohammed Altaf, an activist of the SIMI and main accused in the December 2, 2002, bomb blast at Ghatkopar.

  • January 9: Madhya Pradesh Police arrests Bhopal district unit former president of the SIMI Khalid Naeem. He was later released on bail.

  • January 3: Mumbai Police invokes POTA against four SIMI activists–– Abdul Mattin, Sayed Khwaja, Muzzamil Ahmed and Zahir Shaikh––for allegedly setting off a blast inside a bus in Ghatkopar on December 2, 2002, in which three persons were killed.


  • December 21: A Delhi court discharges SIMI leader Mohammed Javed Iqbal in a sedition and unlawful activities case and also drops sedition charges against its president Shahid Badar and three others. While discharging Iqbal, the court granted bail to Badar and four others in the case. The court also dropped sedition charge against Badar in another case and granted him bail on a personal bond of Rs 5,000 and one surety.

  • October 7: Supreme Court issues notices to Union Government and eight States on a petition filed by the SIMI challenging the Union Home Ministry's order declaring the organization as unlawful and the subsequent order of a Tribunal upholding the same. States to which notices were issued are: Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.

  • May 27: Two SIMI activists are arrested in Delhi.

  • May 5: Uttar Pradesh unit SIMI chief Noman Badar is arrested in Lucknow.

  • March 18: SIMI activist Hasib Raja is arrested in Kolkata, West Bengal, and half a kilogram of RDX is seized from him. He was allegedly planning to blow up the Howrah Bridge.

  • January 28: Police arrest eight SIMI activists from Vadodara in Gujarat.


  • December 28: Police in Surat, Gujarat, arrest 123 persons for their alleged links with SIMI and also recover certain incriminating documents from their possession.

  • October 24: Maharashtra Police files charge sheet in a Jalgaon Court against 11 SIMI activists arrested for suspected terrorist activities.

  • October 8: Police arrest the Tamil Nadu State vice-president of SIMI, Abdul Qudoos, from Madurai.

  • October 5: Maharashtra Police arrest three SIMI activists from Ahmednagar.

  • October 1: Police arrest nine SIMI activists in Madhya Pradesh and one in Delhi.

  • September 29: After the ban on SIMI, the Police arrest another 122 of its cadres across the country.

  • September 28: Delhi Police seals SIMI headquarters at Zakir Nagar and arrests four senior members of the organisation, including its national president Dr Shahid Badr Falah. Shahid Badr was subsequently charged with sedition and inciting communal disharmony in Uttar Pradesh.

  • September 27: Union Government imposes a ban on the SIMI under section 3(1) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Following the ban, 241 SIMI activists were arrested across the country and authorities seal many of its regional offices.

  • September 21: Uttar Pradesh Police arrests three SIMI activists in Bahraich for alleged anti-India activities. Five more SIMI cadres were arrested in the same town a day earlier.

  • August 8: The Uttar Pradesh Police says SIMI activists arrested in Kanpur earlier have revealed that the ISI had asked one of its agents to supply explosive material for subversive activities in northern India.

  • August 6: Police in Kanpur register cases against 12 SIMI activists on charges of waging war and sedition.

  • May 9: Police arrest 13 SIMI activists, including zonal President Irshad Khan, in Kurla and Vikhroli in Maharashtra for allegedly possessing weapons and several incriminating documents.

  • April 10: Ilyas Gausn, main accused in the Pune communal violence, surrenders before a judicial magistrate in the city.

  • March 16: Six persons, including an Additional District Magistrate, are killed in a clash between SIMI activists and police in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

  • March 11: Police arrest Sajid Sundke, city unit chief of SIMI, and four of his associates in Pune for their suspected involvement in the communal riots in Ganj Peth and Ghorpade Peth areas of the city.


  • March 12: Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Chhagan Bhujbal, discloses in the State Legislative Assembly that Pakistan-based underworld don Chhota Shakeel, in league with the SIMI, is inciting communal riots in some parts of the State.

  • August 15: Uttar Pradesh Police arrest Mohammad Aquil, a former student of Aligarh Muslim University and an active SIMI member, in connection with a bomb blast in the Sabarmati Express train near Faizabad.





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